Bloomsburg University names new provost

BLOOMSBURG—James E. Mackin is Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs.  

Mackin, currently associate provost at Clayton College and State University, Morrow, Ga., fills the vacancy created a year ago when former provost Patrick Schloss accepted the presidency of Northern State University in South Dakota. James Matta has served as interim provost during 2004-05; Mackin will join BU’s administrative staff July 5.

“I’m very pleased to announce Jim Mackin’s appointment as our next provost,” said Jessica Kozloff, BU’s president. “He has the values, experience and interpersonal skills I was seeking, and I’ve received clear and consistent feedback from faculty, staff and senior executives who agree he is the right fit for our university.”

Mackin served for the past two years as associate provost at Clayton College and State University, a baccalaureate institution with 5,800 students. At Clayton, he was responsible for the academic support functions and served as chief academic officer in the provost’s absence. Previously, he was special assistant to the president for educational and academic development at Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, Texas; vice president for academic affairs at Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs and director of the marine sciences research center at SUNY Stony Brook. He also taught chemistry courses at Clayton, Prairie View A&M, Stillman and SUNY Stony Brook. Mackin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in oceanography from the University of Michigan and a doctoral degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.

“My wife and I are truly excited and honored to become part of the Bloomsburg University family,” Mackin said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration to build upon the distinguished history of the institution and continue the legacy of providing outstanding educational opportunities for students with varied backgrounds and aspirations.”

Psychology Professor Julie Kontos, chair of the provost search committee, said the committee is pleased with Mackin’s selection. “Dr. Mackin is an excellent choice for provost and a great addition to Bloomsburg University,” she said.

Kozloff also expressed her thanks to Matta for serving as interim provost while the search was conducted. “I’m grateful to Jim for his outstanding service to BU during this period,” she said, “but I know he is looking forward to returning to the work he loves as assistant vice president and dean of research and graduate studies.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.