Auburn provost named president of Bowling Green State University

AUBURN – Auburn University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Ellen Mazey has been named president of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, effective July 1. The Bowling Green Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to select her for the post.

“As a leader, it’s not too difficult to make a positive impact when you have a healthy budget. It’s a lot harder when funds are short, but that’s exactly what Mary Ellen did,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said.

“She helped guide us through some tough budget challenges in ways that made Auburn stronger. I appreciate her leadership and especially her work with our deans and academic departments. We regret seeing her leave but wish her all the best at Bowling Green State University,” Gogue said.

Mazey joined Auburn as provost and vice president for academic affairs in February 2009. From 2005 to 2009 she was dean of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Prior to her tenure at West Virginia, Mazey served in various administrative capacities at Wright State University for more than 20 years, including a six-year term as dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in geology from West Virginia University and a doctorate in urban geography from the University of Cincinnati.

At Bowling Green State University, she will succeed President Carol Cartwright, who is retiring June 30.

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