New Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Andrew NovobliskiPosted: April 18, 2012

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., has named Andrew J. Novobilski, Ph.D., as the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Novobilski currently is serving as dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and as a professor of computer science at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. His appointment at Gannon University is effective July 1.

Novobilski was one of more than 100 applicants. As one of three finalists, he interviewed on campus with the president, a search committee, faculty, staff and students. “We were fortunate to attract a strong group of highly-qualified candidates to this critically important position,” Taylor said. “The search committee did terrific work in their analysis and process of gathering campuswide input and I am confident that Dr. Novobilski is the right person for the job. The exceptional quality of the finalists is a testament to this University’s strengths, the talent of the Gannon team and the fit, qualifications and commitment identified in Dr. Novobilski.”

Linda Fleming, Ph.D., has been serving as Gannon’s interim vice president and provost for academic affairs. Fleming recently was named dean of Gannon’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, effective July 1.

Novobilski earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Drexel University, Philadelphia; a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Gannon University represents an outstanding opportunity to serve within a vibrant, student-centered community that very proudly embraces its Catholic Identity,” Novobilski noted. “I am very excited about working with Dr. Taylor and with a dynamic group of faculty, staff and students in building a shared vision for Gannon University as it continues its commitment to excellence locally, nationally and globally.”

Novobilski was awarded a fellowship by the American Council on Education for the 2007-08 Academic Year. As a fellow, he served in the office of the chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Novobilski has been a faculty member and administrator at Arkansas State University since 2009. He also serves as program director for Arkansas State’s McNair Achievement Program, which serves first-generation, low-income, high-achieving students interested in graduate education.

Prior to joining Arkansas State, Novobilski was a tenured professor in the department of computer science and engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he also served as assistant provost for research and engagement; chief research officer.

He co-authored a book, “Object-Oriented Programming: An Evolutionary Approach,” and is the author of another book, “PenPoint Programming.” Novobilski also has authored or co-authored a number of journal articles and has participated in numerous national and international conferences.

“We are confident that as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Novobilski will work to take Gannon’s academic excellence to the next level as we strive to educate socially responsible global citizens,” Taylor said. “He will be a champion for garnering the resources students and faculty need to thrive in their studies, research and scholarship.”