UNH Dean Becomes SUNY Canton’s New Provost
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that a Dean from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been selected as SUNY Canton’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. William R. Trumble, Ph.D., of Madbury, N.H., will begin his full-time appointment in March 2008.
“Dr. Trumble joins us with an extensive research and administrative background,” Kennedy said. “His duties as SUNY Canton Provost will include continuing the college’s mission to offer more four-year degrees, the expansion of SUNY Canton OnLine, growth in international programs, and supporting the academic excellence of our students and faculty.”
Trumble comes to Canton from his most recent post as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH and Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. He is also an instructing Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
“I am extremely honored to be the incoming Provost,” Trumble said. “I think I’ll bring an interesting set of experiences to SUNY Canton, including working with both two- and four-year programs, industrial interactions, technology-assisted and ‘paperless’ work environments, in addition to advocacy for students, faculty, and staff. I’m anxious to arrive in Canton on a full-time basis to get to know everyone and learn what the hopes and goals and aspirations are for the campus.”
During his tenure as Dean, he increased undergraduate enrollment and retention rates and made efforts to better understand the students’ point of view. “I lived with the students in a freshman dorm for a week to learn about problems from a student prospective,” Trumble said.
Trumble will augment SUNY Canton’s growth and development initiatives, according to Kennedy. Trumble previously facilitated the development of UNH’s strategic plan and reorganized the systems so that the college had unified and shared communications. He quintupled the college’s external research portfolio and increased the credit hours taught.
“SUNY Canton is poised to grow in the areas of new bachelor’s degrees, online learning opportunities, international interactions, and the ability for students to differentiate themselves through the educational process to ensure successful employment,” Trumble pointed out.
Trumble worked closely with the Foundation at UNH and created the largest “pipeline” of major donors at the college.
“He has outstanding credentials and has demonstrated an impressive dedication to scholarship and to faculty members,” Kennedy said.
Trumble has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career in higher education, including: the University of Idaho Academic Advising Award; a research award through the University of Idaho’s honorary agriculture society; and an Outstanding Faculty Award for the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry.
Trumble also was selected as an “Outstanding International Student Advisor” by Who’s Who among International Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1990.
He has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association in several different regions and won the second place Excellence of Research Award from the organization in the National Student Research Forum.
Trumble’s research in the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry has been published in numerous academic articles and books. He has served on the board of Scientific Advisors at Lark Technologies, Inc., and at Suma Biological, Inc., both based in Houston, Texas.
Trumble served in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Submarine Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and completed his graduate work at the University of Texas Health Center at Dallas, Texas.
The position of SUNY Canton Provost previously was held by Jeremy D. Brown, who accepted a college Presidency at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in July. Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services, will continue serving as an Interim Provost until Trumble joins the college full time.
Trumble said that he and his wife, Mayme, and their son Jon, are fans of the winter weather. They will be looking forward to all of the opportunities for skiing, hiking, and fishing that the North Country has to offer. “Canton offers a quality of life that is very inviting,” Trumble said. “The people at SUNY Canton have won us over with their friendliness and dedication to the school.”