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WKCTC names new vice president of academic affairs

Dr. Uppinder Mehan
Dr. Uppinder Mehan

PADUCAH, Ky. — West Kentucky Community and Technical College has named Dr. Uppinder Mehan as its new vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Renea Akin has been interim vice president of academic affairs since January 2020. Mehan begins work Thursday, July 16.

“I am excited about Dr. Uppinder Mehan joining the WKCTC Family as our vice president of academic affairs,” said Dr. Anton Reece, WKCTC president. “As a nationally recognized educator, Dr. Mehan brings a diverse, varied and extensive range of senior higher education and workforce related experiences to the college.”

A native of India and a naturalized American, Mehan is currently the dean of the school of graduate studies in Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and was responsible for developing all aspects of Muhlenberg’s first graduate program.

Mehan received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto, specializing in post-colonial literature and theory. As an assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston, Mass., he taught in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department. Mehan was also an associate professor at the University of Houston-Victoria in Texas, and at Fort Valley State University. He has experience in many classroom settings having taught face-to-face, hybrid, interactive television and online classes.

Mehan began his administrative work at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he first served as the chair of humanities and then as associate provost, which gave him an opportunity to enter into wider institutional dialogues and to work on projects central to the university. He brings to WKCTC experience gained as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Valley State University in Georgia in addition to his more recent work at Muhlenberg College.

Mehan has been dean or associate provost of several institutions including Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga., and the University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, Texas.

He has published more than 25 articles and publications, and has helped develop community partnerships through his work as chair of the Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and as board member of the Heart of Georgia Hospice and Kiwanis of Fort Valley.