RWU interim president takes provost job at Pa. university

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University’s interim president is leaving the school to take the position of provost of Widener University, in Chester, Pa.

Andrew Workman, who was appointed RWU interim president in July 2018, following the death of RWU President Donald J. Farish, will start the new position on July 17.

The appointment was announced by Widener President Julie E. Wollman on Thursday morning.

In February, RWU had named a permanent replacement for Farish. Ioannis N. Miaoulis, who has served as the president and director of the Boston Museum of Science since 2003, is scheduled to become Roger Williams University president in August.

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A RWU spokesperson said Thursday that a search would be undertaken soon for a new provost.

Workman had been at RWU since 2012, when he was hired as provost and senior vice president, coming from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where he had been vice provost.

Widener, a private university, has a total enrollment of about 6,400 students, 3,200 of which are undergraduates. By comparison, Roger Williams has enrollment of about 4,800, most of which are undergraduates.

Much like RWU, Widener also has a law school.

“My academic and administrative experience has prepared me to help lead a dynamic university like Widener,” Workman said in a statement issued by Widener. “Its history of growth and change demonstrates the university’s willingness to make the strategic moves that strengthen its core programs, embrace new opportunities, and move it toward an even stronger national profile. I am excited for the opportunity to contribute my talents at such a vibrant place.”

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