The Pendulum Provost Steven House will be concluding his service as Elon University’s provost by the end of this calendar year.
House’s announcement came a year and 11 months after President Emeritus Leo Lambert announced in February 2017 that he would be stepping down. Though House will no longer be serving as provost by the end of 2019, he will remain executive vice president through the 2020-2021 academic year.
“My plan was always to stay two years after Dr. Lambert left the position as president,” House said. “I have partnered with Leo Lambert since I came in 2001 and we have been a very strong team together.”
The 63-year-old and former biology professor, who has never taken sabbatical, has confirmed he is not planning to return to the classroom following his retirement at the end of his tenure as executive vice president.
18 years at Elon
House joined Elon in 2001 as the founding dean of Elon College and went on to serve as provost and executive vice president
“I have a lot of energy and I want to do things that I haven’t had the opportunity to do, and my wife and I are now in a position to do it,” House said, later mentioning his hopes to travel more.
In response to the provost position’s upcoming vacancy, President Connie Book is assembling a provost search committee and hopes to finalize its members by the end of this month. This committee will make recommendations on the choice of a search firm, review candidates and select a group of finalists. Book is anticipating a committee of 12 to 15 individuals that will represent the faculty, staff and academic council.
According to House, he has given several “confidential recommendations to the president” regarding whom he believes should be in the search committee.
In February, the committee will be hosting campus listening sessions focused on the qualifications and qualities that …