FSU provost Garnett Stokes submits resignation; is headed to University of Missouri

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Garnett Stokes is leaving Florida State University. She has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri effective Feb. 2.

Stokes served as FSU’s interim president when Eric Barron resigned in April and until John Thrasher was named president in November. She had been the FSU provost since August 2011.

“Garnett Stokes has the ability, the vision and the drive to help us move the University of Missouri to the next level,” said UM Chancellor R. Bowin Loftin in a prepared statement. “She understands the need to create an academic environment that provides students the tools they need to be successful.”

As part of  FSU’s  effort to become a Top-25 public research university, Stokes, as provost and interim president,  focused on creating an environment of excellence and collaboration throughout the campus and community, according to a UM release.

“I am delighted to join the University of Missouri’s leadership team,” Stokes said. “I look forward to working with everyone on campus to build on the excellence already in place.”

Stokes was the University of Georgia’s dean of the Franklin College of Arts before being name FSU provost.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee in 1977, a master’s degree in 1980 and a doctorate in 1982 from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology. Her research has focused on personnel selection and promotion, specifically the use of biographical information in job selection and promotion decisions.

The UM release announcing her appointment is here.