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Indian-American appointed vice president of US University

Indian-American economist Devinder M Malhotra has been appointed as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at St Cloud University, Minnesota.

india Updated: May 14, 2009 11:50 IST

Indian-American economist Devinder M Malhotra has been appointed as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at St Cloud University, Minnesota.

Currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine, he was selected for the position following a nationwide search, the university said.

Malhotra will join office on July 1, replacing Michael Spitzer, who has been provost at St. Cloud State since 2002.

"We are exceptionally pleased to bring Dr. Malhotra to the University. He brings outstanding management and academic skills to the table. His experiences in 15 years as a dean, associate dean and department chair will serve him well as St. Cloud State's chief academic officer," said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III.

The provost position at St. Cloud State serves as the institutional leader in the President's absence. The academic vice president position that was expanded to provost in 2002 provides leadership for all academic components of varsity.

Malhotra holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Delhi. His doctorate is from Kansas State University. He is a graduate of the Management Development Program of the Harvard University Institutes of Higher Education.