Bruntmyer designated two interim appointments in the Office of the Provost on
Nov. 29, following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Brisco. Dr. Chris McNair, Dean
of the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Biology,
will serve as HSU’s Interim Provost. Mr. Mike Monhollon, Dean of the Kelley
College of Business and Professor of Business Law, will serve in an additional
interim role as a second Associate Provost.
Dr. McNair will assume lead responsibilities for the Provost’s Office, including
representation as a part of HSU’s Administrative Council.
A 1984 graduate
of Hardin-Simmons (B.S., Biology), Dr. McNair earned his M.S. in Biology from
the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology
from the University of Kentucky in 1993. Named the Dean of Holland School of
Sciences and Mathematics in 1999, he has served on the HSU faculty since
1992 and was granted tenure in 1996.
To address the
workload required from the Office of the Provost, President Bruntmyer has also asked
Mr. Mike Monhollon to serve in an additional interim role as a second
has served on the HSU faculty since 1998 and was named Dean of the Kelley
College of Business in 2004. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from Baylor
University in 1980, his M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia in
1982, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984. Mike maintains
membership in the State Bar of Texas and the Virginia State Bar.
Interim Provost and Interim Associate Provost appointments will be carried out
concurrently with these individuals’ existing administrative responsibilities.
Dr. McNair and
Mr. Monhollon will serve alongside Dr. Travis Frampton, Professor of Biblical
Studies, who will continue his regular appointment as HSU’s Associate Provost.
Since his appointment to the Provost’s Office in 2014, Dr. Frampton has
provided integral leadership for the university’s SACSCOC review. He has served
on the HSU faculty since 2000 and was granted tenure in 2005. Until Dr.
Frampton’s appointment as Associate Provost, he directed HSU’s Master of Arts
in Religion Program from 2007 to 2014.
appointments in place, President Bruntmyer hopes to begin the formal search
process shortly after the first of the year to permanently fill the Provost’s
“I am confident
in the leadership these three individuals will offer HSU in the interim, and I
look forward to great days ahead,” he said.