MARSHALL (KMHL) – With the students about to return to the university in just a couple of weeks Southwest Minnesota State University has a new provost.

Yesterday, the university announced that Dr. Teri Wallace had been named the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the school. Watson will start her duties August 14.

“We’re very pleased to have someone with Dr. Wallace’s background and qualifications join our administrative team,” said SMSU President Kumara Jayasuriya.

Wallace has experience working with SMSU’s faculty in the past and she said she came away impressed with SMSU’s incredible focus on student success.

“I’m looking forward to joining President Jayasuriya and working with faculty and staff on behalf of the students. SMSU clearly has a strong reputation and I look forward to being part of that,” Wallace said.

She comes to SMSU from Minnesota State University Mankato where she was the Interim Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Academic Affairs.

She also held other positions at MSU, including Faculty Liasion for External Funding; and special Education Department associate professor, professor, chair and program coordinator.

She replaces Dr. Dwight Watson, who was recently named chancellor (president) of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.