NAC&U Announces Beth Harville as Chair of Provost Affinity Group

Beth Harville, executive vice president and provost at Drury University, is now chair of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer affinity group in the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U). The provosts and chief academic officers are one of the consortium’s most active affinity groups. Together they share best practices around current topics in higher education and ways to advance teaching and learning on their campuses. Harville succeeds Bill Clyde, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Manhattan College, who chaired the group for the past two years.

At their recent meeting in Washington, DC, the provosts set their agenda for the coming year which includes working together to identify and measure outcomes in first year experiences on their campuses that purposefully connect a broad-based liberal education, professional preparation and civic engagement. 

“NAC&U schools are at the forefront of innovative educational programs. I am honored to work with the chief academic officers from these schools to continue to provide relevant, impactful experiences for the students on our campuses,” said Harville.

Dr. Beth Harville earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwest Missouri State University and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at Drury, Dr. Harville has taught biology and chemistry, developed an undergraduate research program focusing on bacterial pathogens, and served as director of Pre-Health Sciences and dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. During her time as CNMS dean the college developed and implemented six new majors, one minor, and a dual degree nursing program with Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

As provost, Dr. Harville provided strategic leadership to the Drury faculty as they created the innovative Your Drury Fusion curriculum, launching Fall 2019. Two years in the making, Your Drury Fusion guarantees students will graduate well-prepared for both life and career thanks to a focus on hands-on, real-world experience; holistic advising and mentoring; and a slate of interdisciplinary certificates unlike anything on offer at colleges nationwide. Your Drury Fusion has been written about by Forbes and Inside Higher Ed. 

NAC&U is a national consortium of private, comprehensive colleges and universities that are recognized for advancing the integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Collectively its members work to improve student learning environments and outcomes and preserve and promote a comprehensive model of education that reflects quality and purpose.