Brooke Barnett to Serve as Provost at Butler University in Indianapolis

Brooke Barnett, dean of the College of Communication at Butler University in Indianapolis, will serve as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective April 1. Dr. Barnett is replacing provost Kathryn Morris, who will be leaving Butler University to become president of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. (See WIAReport post.)

Dean Barnett is most intent on keeping decisions student and faculty-focused while sticking to her own principles of “holistic student learning, thinking about student and colleague well-being, being ethical, being fair-minded, being open.”

Dr. Barnett became dean of the College of Communication on June 1, 2019. Earlier, she was a professor of communications and associate provost at Elon University in North Carolina. She joined the faculty at Elon University in 2001.

Dr. Barnett earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College in Kentucky, where she majored in English and communication studies. She went on to get a master’s degree in journalism and a Ph.D. in mass communication with a concentration in law and visual communication at Indiana University-Bloomington.

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