Park University has appointed Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D., as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Fiore will begin his duties at Park on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
Fiore, who has spent his entire career in education, currently serves as interim provost at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, a position he has held since August 2014. He began his duties at Ashland just two months earlier as the dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education. Prior to joining Ashland, Fiore spent nearly seven years at Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., most recently as associate provost for extended education for one year. Other stints at VSU included: assistant provost for general and continuing education, and professor of education (2009-12); dean and professor of educational leadership, and special assistant to the provost (2008-09); and dean of the Doctor of Education program and associate professor of educational leadership (2006-08). Fiore also spent one year (2012-13) serving a fellowship with the esteemed American Council on Education.
“Having met directly with Doug, it was clear we share a common vision of the important role of a liberal arts education in preparing students for successful careers, as well as recognize the strong future ahead for Park University,” said Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., Park University’s incoming president who begins his duties on Jan. 15, 2016.
Additional experience in higher education includes: director of the Office of Professional Practice with the Virginia Department of Education (2005-06); assistant/associate professor of graduate education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. (2001-03); assistant dean, College of Education, and assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Ga. (1999-2001). Fiore also spent 13 years in public K-12 school systems as a principal and teacher in Indiana and Virginia.
“I am energized by the promise of Park University and its future as an academic leader in higher education,” Fiore said. “With its dedicated faculty and staff, Park is positioned to maintain and further enhance stellar educational programs for all learners. This is an exciting time to be a Pirate, and under Dr. Gunderson, I am honored to be chosen to collaboratively lead the academic functions of the University.”
Fiore has won awards for his leadership, teaching and scholarship, including the prestigious Distinguished Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association, and he has authored or co-authored eight books for school administrators.
Fiore earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational administration from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind. He also received a Master of Science in education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education/speech arts and sciences from Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Fiore is engaged to be married to Julie Dotson, an intervention specialist this coming spring. He has three adult daughters: Meagan, a kindergarten teacher in Midlothian, Va.; Amy, a senior at George Mason University majoring in psychology; and Katherine, a freshman at Ashland University majoring in hospitality management. Fiore’s hobbies include traveling, cooking and writing.
Rebekkah Stuteville, Ph.D., who was appointed Park University’s interim provost in September, will return to her role as associate vice president of academic affairs.