MSU board approves appointment of John Hudzik as acting provost

Contact: John Hudzik, International Studies and Programs, (517) 355-2352,; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Nov 12, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of John Hudzik as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs at its meeting today.

Hudzik's appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2005.

He succeeds current Provost Lou Anna K. Simon, who will assume the MSU presidency on that date.

Hudzik will serve in an acting basis until a permanent provost is appointed.

Hudzik, who has served as the dean of MSU's International Studies and Programs (ISP) since 1998, has had a long academic career at MSU. Prior to his appointment as ISP dean, he served as acting dean from 1995-98.

He began his teaching career at MSU in 1974 with an appointment in the School of Criminal Justice. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as assistant dean for special projects and lifelong education in the College of Social Science, as well as the college's associate dean for finance and personnel.

In 1987, he earned a Fulbright Award that took him to Australia to study that nation's criminal justice system.

His research interests include organizational and system planning, budgeting and personnel administration. He is a leading international expert in court administration, especially financial management and strategic planning, and in continuing judicial education for judges and court system personnel.

Originally from Holland, Mich., Hudzik earned three academic degrees from MSU - a bachelor of arts in economics, history and political science (1966); a master's in political science (1968); and a doctorate in political science (1971).

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