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Robert Fischer Jr. named Provost at WKU

Robert “Bud” U. Fischer Jr.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University has named Robert “Bud” U. Fischer Jr. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs beginning July 1.

Dr. Fischer is the dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Prior to joining MTSU in 2012, Dr. Fischer was chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; associate chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, and a tenured professor.

Dr. Fischer has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in environmental biology from State University College at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in ecology from State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

Fischer will have the rank of a tenured full professor.

He will replace Cheryl Stevens who is stepping down as acting provost on June 30 and retiring at the end of the fall semester.