University Provost Thomas Greene to retire in June

By Madison Pfeifer | October 4, 2019 4:46pm

University Provost Thomas Greene will retire in June. University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced Greene's retirement Friday morning.

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University Provost Thomas Greene will retire at the end of this academic year, according to an email sent from university President Fr. Mark Poorman.

Greene started at UP in 1983 as an adjunct instructor and was named university provost in 2013. His last day will be June 30, 2020.

“I am filled with a spirit of thanksgiving for all the professional opportunities I’ve had and the friends I have made over the years,” Greene said in an email. “The university is a wonderful place and I will really miss being on campus everyday after June 30, but I will enjoy the occasional visit to concerts, games, exhibits, theater productions and lunches.”

Greene spent many years in public education, serving as a principal and superintendent in the Portland area before becoming the associate dean of the school of education at UP in 2004. 

Before becoming provost, Greene was associate provost and dean of the graduate school (2007-12), interim dean of the school of education (2009-10) and interim provost (2012-13).

“For more than 35 years, the students, faculty, staff and administration have given me the great opportunity to serve the university’s Holy Cross mission through teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership,” Greene said. “Each of these core themes have influenced and shaped my life and professional practice.”

Poorman commended Greene’s leadership and commitment to the university. He said Greene oversaw the addition of multiple new degree programs and helped increase graduation and retention rates. 

“Thanks to his vision and leadership abilities, our university’s academic quality has never been higher,” Poorman said.

According to Poorman, there will be a national search for Greene’s replacement.

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