Oct. 5, 2021

Board of Regents names Emporia State Provost George Arasimowicz as ESU acting president

(Topeka, Kan.) – Kansas Board of Regents Chair Cheryl Harrison-Lee announced today that Emporia State University (ESU) Provost Dr. George Arasimowicz will serve as the acting president of ESU when current president Allison Garrett departs the university next week. The Board plans to consider the appointment of an interim president at a future meeting.

“The Regents are thankful that Dr. Arasimowicz is willing to serve as acting president,” said Harrison-Lee. “He has a depth of experience that will serve him well in this role. The Board anticipates discussing next steps in the search for the next president of Emporia State at upcoming Board meetings.”

Dr. Arasimowicz was named Provost of Emporia State in April 2021. He had previously served as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Central State University.

President Garrett announced last month that she would depart Emporia State to become chancellor and chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

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About the Kansas Board of Regents
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.