The following was distributed to all APUE personnel on July 18, 2018:
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you I will be departing MSU on September 1, 2018, to assume a position as Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego.
It has been an honor to serve as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at MSU. I am proud of the progress we have made in supporting undergraduate student learning, persistence, and success over the last two years. In addition, while much remains to be done, I am also encouraged by the reductions we are beginning to see in the opportunity gaps that exist between first-generation students, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, or those from underrepresented groups on the one hand, and majority students or students from more privileged backgrounds on the other. I believe the changes made to increase student credit momentum, reform introductory mathematics, focus on proactive advising, and continue and expand NSSC capabilities and programs, among others, have created a sound base for continued success.
As Provost Youatt has reminded us, student success is everybody’s business – and our successes would not be possible without your hard work. I thank you each for all that you do for our students, and for your input and help to continually improve. I am pleased that Associate Dean Mark Largent has agreed to serve as Interim Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education upon my departure, and I know that he, the APUE leadership team and unit directors, as well as the leaders of our partner units across campus, will ensure a smooth transition that will enable student success efforts to continue without loss of momentum.
As many of you know, my spouse, Elizabeth Simmons, has served as Executive Vice Chancellor at UC San Diego since September 2017, and my move will allow our family to be reunited. While I am sad to leave MSU at this time, I believe MSU will come to be viewed broadly as the national leader in student success that I believe we already are.
R. Sekhar Chivukula