Wichita State University will soon begin conducting a national search for a permanent provost and executive vice president, which is currently held by Dr. Shirley Lefever in an interim capacity.

Lefever, who previously served as dean of WSU’s College of Applied Studies, stepped into the role in October 2020 after Dr. Rick Muma, the office’s former occupant, was appointed interim president and eventually university president.

“When Shirley was asked to immediately pivot into a new role at Wichita State, she did so seamlessly and without hesitation,” Muma said. “The entire Shocker community is grateful for her work and her continued dedication to the university.”