Miami University names new provost

Miami University announced its new provost is Jason Osborne, currently associate provost and dean of the graduate school at Clemson University.

He starts Aug. 1 in his new role as the highest ranking academic administrator. He replaces Phyllis Callahan, who will retire after working for the university for 31 years.

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“I believe Jason’s vision and experience will serve Miami well in supporting our $50 million Boldly Creative academic initiative and launching a new strategic plan,” Miami President Greg Crawford said. “We are delighted that Jason and his family are joining the Miami University community.”

Osborne has served since 2015 at Clemson, where he is also a professor of applied statistics, according to a statement from Miami.

“Miami is a very strong institution and I feel humbled and very fortunate to be part of the team that will help shape what is certainly a very bright future,” he said in the statement.

While at Clemson, Osborne’s leadership roles “have included extensive work in strategic plan implementation, communication, entrepreneurial expansion, and retention and recruitment, with an emphasis on inclusion,” according to Miami’s statement.

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In the ClemsonForward strategic plan, Osborne led the graduate education effort, which resulted in substantial increase in funding for the academic colleges and being on track to achieve critical 10-year targets earlier than expected.

From 2013-15, he served as professor and chairman of the department of counseling and human development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. He also was interim chair of health and sport science and co-director for the Center for Educational Research, Policy and Evaluation.

Osborne earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Rochester; a master’s in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also completed master’s level courses in epidemiology research methods; and a doctorate in educational psychology from SUNY-Buffalo.

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