SIU begins search for new provost

By Tyler Dixon

Provost John Nicklow has been reassigned to administrative duties,.

Nicklow will be assigned within the College of Engineering and Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela said an interim provost will be appointed at the Sept. 11 Board of Trustees meeting.

“Please know that I believe strongly that the colleges, schools and units in academic affairs are core to the university’s mission and future, and I am committed to ensuring that we remain on track during the transition,” Sarvela said in an email obtained by the Daily Egyptian.


Sarvela said in a press release Nicklow will teach and conduct research.

Nicklow came to SIU in 1998 and was named provost in May 2011. Prior to serving as provost, he was Associate Dean of the College of Engineering.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Arizona State University in 1998.

One of the policies that was enacted during Nicklow’s as provost was a policy that was proposed May 11 limiting student workers from working more than 20 hours per week.

“Please join me in thanking John for his four years of work as provost,” Sarvela said in the release. “I wish him the best as he resumes his teaching and research program.”

Phone calls to Nicklow, Sarvela and President Randy Dunn were not returned by the time of publication.

Tyler Dixon can be reached at [email protected] or @tdixon_de.