Jim Wohlpart began serving as the University of Northern Iowa’s Interim President on July 5th, 2016. He was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa effective June 1, 2015. Jim spent the previous twenty-one years assisting with the opening and establishment of Florida Gulf Coast University, a new public university in the state of Florida with an emphasis on service learning, sustainability, and innovative undergraduate education. He served in the roles of Chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts (2000-2005), Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (2005-2011), and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2011-2015). He last served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at FGCU, focusing on enrollment management, retention and persistence, and graduation and workforce placement. He also partnered with Student Affairs to create innovative programs to advance diversity, build live learn communities, and develop leadership skills. The work in Undergraduate Studies was instrumental in increasing the retention and graduation rates of all students, including minority and first generation students.
Jim earned his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee, his MA in English from Colorado State University, and his BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has taught and published widely in sustainability, environmental literature and philosophy, teaching and learning, and nineteenth-century American literature. He has won awards for teaching and course design, for scholarship, and for developing partnerships across academic affairs, student affairs, and athletics.