The University of Evansville recently named Michael Austin as the new vice president for academic affairs following a thorough search.
Austin began his education at Brigham Young University, where he earned his master's and bachelor's degrees. He then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned his doctorate in English literature.
Austin has worked in the academic administrative scene for 15 years, both publicly and privately. He most recently was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Newman University. He is also the author of multiple books, including, "That's Not What They Meant! Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing."
University of Evansville President Thomas Kazee said he is pleased about the addition of Austin to the faculty.
"He brings with him a strong background in liberal arts education and collaborative team building," Kazee said.
"(Austin) has a passion for education, and a proven ability to bridge the gap between liberal arts and professional program," Kazee said.