Evergreen Appoints New Provost

May 4, 2004

Dr. Don Bantz Takes Chief Academic Position at College

Evergreen President Thomas L. "Les" Purce announces that Dr. Don Bantz has accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost. Bantz has been filling the college's chief academic position on an interim basis for the past year. He previously served for three years as an academic dean for budget and as a member of the faculty for 17 years.

"It was gratifying to have so many outstanding candidates apply," Purce said of the competitive process that attracted applicants from across the country. In selecting him from the other two finalists, Purce said that Bantz " brings to the position a passion and deep understanding of all that makes teaching and learning at Evergreen extraordinary. He has been particularly effective in using his deep knowledge of Evergreen to engage in complex, long-standing issues that are important to our community."

"Evergreen's distinctive philosophy fosters intense intellectual and personal growth," Bantz said. "I feel privileged to serve as provost in this very special learning community. The students, faculty and staff are extraordinary."

Bantz began his career at Evergreen in 1988 in the Master of Public Administration program, where he taught political and economic context of public administration, research methods, understanding public organizations and a number of other offerings. An accomplished public administrator, Bantz's experience includes positions in Snohomish County, where he was the administrator of the Community Services Division, and Alaska, where he was executive director of several health-care programs. He has extensive experience working with diverse populations, including more than 50 Indian tribes throughout Washington, California and Alaska.

Bantz earned a bachelor's degree in management and marketing from Fullerton State University, and a master's and doctoral degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
Dr. Thomas L. "Les" Purce, (360) 867-6100
Dr. Don Bantz, (360) 867-6400