MSU board approves new provost, two dean positions

Contact: Terry Denbow, University Relations, (517) 355-2262,

Jun 07, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Kim Wilcox as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The appointment, which is effective Aug. 1, was approved by the board at a special June 7 meeting.

Wilcox, a 1976 graduate of MSU, comes to Michigan State from the University of Kansas, where he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and vice provost for general education coordination.

A biographical sketch of Wilcox is attached.

In other action, the board approved the appointment of Charles Salmon as dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Satish Udpa as acting dean of the College of Engineering.

Salmon, who has served as acting dean of the college since January 2004, succeeds James Spaniolo, who was named president of the University of Texas at Arlington.

A faculty member since 1994, Salmon holds the Ellis N. Brandt Professorship in Public Relations. Prior to his appointment as acting dean, Salmon held the position of senior associate dean of the college.

"Dr. Salmon brings to the position a nice combination of academic credentials and leadership skills," said Timothy Levine, a professor of communication who chaired the search committee. "The faculty, as well as our alumni board, student representatives and others, were in agreement that he was the best person for the job."

A biographical sketch of Salmon is attached.

Udpa, professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, succeeds Janie Fouke, who was recently appointed provost of the University of Florida. Udpa has served as department chairperson since 2001.

A biographical sketch of Udpa is attached.

The appointments of Salmon and Udpa are effective immediately.

Executive Bio

Kim A. Wilcox

The appointment of Kim Wilcox as provost and vice president for academic affairs was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its June 7, 2005, meeting and is effective Aug. 1, 2005.

Prior to his arrival at MSU, Wilcox served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and vice provost for general education coordination at the University of Kansas from 2002 to 2005. Before that he served for three years as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, providing leadership for a system of more than 150,000 students. He spent one year as interim director of academic affairs for the Board of Regents before being appointed president and CEO.

Wilcox began his career on the faculty at the University of Missouri. He then spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of Kansas, including 10 as chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. In addition to previous service as special counsel to the chancellor at the University of Kansas, Wilcox is a past University of Kansas vice chancellor fellow and a fellow of the American Council on Education. In 1991 he initiated the Native American training program in speech-language pathology in collaboration with Haskell Indian Nations University. He has published extensively in the area of developmental speech acoustics, is the recipient of several teaching awards, and has directed teaching, research and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Wilcox received his bachelor's degree in audiology and speech sciences from Michigan State University (1976) and his master's and doctorate from Purdue University (1978 and 1980), both in speech and hearing science.

Executive Bio

Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Charles T. Salmon

Charles T. Salmon was appointed dean of the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences on June 7, 2005.

Salmon holds the Ellis N. Brandt Professorship in Public Relations, and is a former recipient of the Pathfinder Award for Outstanding Research, awarded by the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education.  He has extensive international work experience in several regions of the world. During his 11 years as a faculty member at MSU, he has been a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel, a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian School of Management, an external reviewer for Universiti Sains Malaysia and Hong Kong Baptist University, and a UNICEF instructor and technical consultant in Kazakhstan.

Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Salmon served as associate professor and co-director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication in the School of Public Health at Emory University. Before that, he was head of the Public Relations Sequence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Georgia. Salmon received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in mass communication.

Salmon currently is a co-principal investigator on a series of grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($5 million), the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Center for Medicaid ($200,000) to test the impact of technology and legislation on standardizing background checks for health-care employees.

His research has appeared in numerous journals, including Archives of Internal Medicine, American Behavioral Scientist, Bioethics, Communication Research, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Direct Marketing, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of the Market Research Society, Journalism Quarterly, Public Health Reports, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Executive Bio

Acting Dean, College of Engineering
Satish Udpa

Satish Udpa was appointed acting dean of the Michigan State University College of Engineering on June 7, 2005.

Prior to joining MSU in 2001 as chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Udpa was the Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.He received his baccalaureate degree in 1975 from J.N.T. University in Hyderabad, India, and his master's (1980) and doctorate (1983) from Colorado State University, all in electrical engineering.

His research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). His work has expanded in recent years to include the development of noninvasive tools for clinical applications, such as new electromagnetic-acoustic (EMAT) methods for detecting single-leg separation failures in artificial heart valves. His research has been funded extensively by federal agencies and private industry.

Udpa has authored or coauthored more than 250 scholarly publications and is the technical editor of Electromagnetic Testing, the fifth volume in the Nondestructive Testing Handbook series, published by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He is regional editor of the International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics and serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, and the Indian Society for Nondestructive Testing. He also served as permanent secretary of the World Federation of NDE Centers from 1998 to 2003.

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