MU appoints University of Houston business dean as new provost

The University of Missouri on Thursday announced the appointment of Latha Ramchand, dean of the college of business at the University of Houston, as provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs.

Her appointment is effective Aug. 15, according to an MU press release.

Ramchand was one of five candidates in the running for the position, which has been occupied on an interim basis by Jim Spain since the departure of Garnett Stokes, the university’s last permanent provost.

Ramchand was dean of Houston’s business college for seven years and associate dean of programs and administration for four years, according to the release, and she also served as associate dean of graduate and professional programs.

During her time at Houston, Ramchand started several new programs and initiatives, including a startup accelerator that helps student-led technology startups and a program that connects students with community entrepreneurs who work to reduce poverty, according to the release.

“Dr. Ramchand is a strong leader with a demonstrated track record in higher education, and I’m thrilled to have her join the University of Missouri,” Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said in the release. “She has the expertise to lead programs of excellence, student success initiatives, research, economic development and engagement.”

Ramchand earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Bombay in India, and she completed her doctorate in finance from Northwestern University.

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