PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville has announced the appointment of Lori Werth, Ph.D., M.S., as the institution’s first provost.
The University of Pikeville’s Board of Trustees, following a national search and a series of campus forums with students, faculty and staff, unanimously approved Werth’s appointment.
“Dr. Werth is uniquely talented and has the breadth of experience we need at UPIKE,” said President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. “I could go on at length about her academic acumen, energy, and passion for students, but I am most pleased with her expression of calling to the University of Pikeville; it is as compelling as her ideas for helping us move forward as an institution.”
Werth has served as a higher education administrator and faculty member with extensive experience at private, liberal arts universities in Idaho and Nebraska, including the College of Idaho, College of Saint Mary and Northwest Nazarene University.
At the undergraduate and graduate level, Werth’s diverse academic and administrative background will be central in developing strategic initiatives to support faculty teaching and scholarship, strong academic success and student life programs.
Previously, Werth served as vice president for enrollment management, associate professor of education and department chair of graduate education. As an administrator, her focus included program accreditation, development of new academic programs, admissions, student services and residence life. With a special interest and experience in women’s philanthropy, Werth has collaborated on grants specific to innovation in teaching and learning and support for first generation students from rural communities.
Earning a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership at the University of Idaho, Werth also holds a Master of Science in college student services administration and counseling from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from the College of Idaho.
Along with her husband, Eric, who holds a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Science in molecular biology and medical microbiology and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, the Werths and their daughters will relocate to Pikeville in July.