Kentucky State University has appointed Dr. Beverly L. Downing as the university’s interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She begins her new position effective May 30, 2014.

Downing has been the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs since August 2013. Previously, she was the Chair of KSU’s School of Education.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education at Livingstone College; master’s degree in both secondary education and special education from Hampton University; and Doctor of Arts degree in pedagogy from Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Joel Thierstein, who previously served as Provost, remains as a professor in KSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.