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Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs

Frank Pettigrew, Ph.D.

Ashland University appointed Dr. Frank Pettigrew as provost of Ashland University, effective July 1, 2007.

Pettigrew, who had served as dean of AU’s Dwight Schar College of Education since 2002, replaced Dr. Robert Suggs, who retired at the end of the 2006-2007 academic year.

In announcing the appointment, Ashland University President Dr. Frederick Finks said, “Frank Pettigrew is a person of the highest integrity with an undying loyalty to Ashland University. He is a proven leader, having served as a faculty member and most recently as Dean of the Schar College of Education. Frank has a deep understanding of our campus, has been involved in the Provost Council for the past five years and will be the catalyst for bringing positive change to our academic commitment. I look forward to serving with Frank in this new leadership role.”

A 1972 Ashland University graduate, Pettigrew said he is honored to serve as provost at the institution where his days in higher education began. He earned a bachelor of science in education degree at AU, before going on to earn a master of science degree from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho.

“At Ashland, I’ve had the opportunity to be a faculty member, department chair and dean,” Pettigrew said. “I was so thrilled when I had the chance to come back to my alma mater and teach. Serving as dean was a great opportunity. The move to the provost position is a very exciting challenge. I’ll have a direct influence on the academic future of this University. I’m excited about it.”

Pettigrew came to Ashland as chair of the Department of Sport Sciences in 1997 after serving as director of the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Idaho and Northwestern University.

Pettigrew, who is originally from the Ravenna area, resides in Ashland with his wife, Amy. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Emily and Hallie.