The Butler University Board of Trustees announced today that Provost Jamie Comstock will serve as acting president of the University from June 1 to Aug. 1, bridging the period between outgoing President Bobby Fong and President-elect James Danko.
Comstock, who joined Butler’s administration in 2008, has had a central role in drafting the University’s Dare to Make a Difference Strategic Plan, creating the new College of Communication, overseeing the highest overall retention rates in Butler’s history, expanding international education and supporting the Early College Program that, through Butler’s partnership with Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy, provides access to Butler University education to underserved but deserving high school students in Indianapolis.
Throughout her time at Butler, Comstock also has taught a class each year in her area of expertise, interpersonal and organizational communication, “so that I never forget the essence of our mission and that we must put students first when making decisions.”
“I am honored to accept this appointment and will do all I can to ease the transition for our new president,” Comstock said.
She said her plan this summer was “to continue our work to establish Butler University as one of the top comprehensive universities in the country by invigorating the next phase of our strategic initiatives, launching Early College, and promoting even deeper levels of student engagement.”
Comstock earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and has served in progressively more responsible positions at eight universities, including three positions as chief academic officer. She regularly makes presentations on comprehensive program review, strategic planning and issues confronting higher education leadership.
Fong, who led Butler for 10 years, leaves the University on May 31 to become president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. Danko, currently dean of Villanova School of Business, will become Butler’s 21st president.