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April 13, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University has announced the appointment of Mary A. DeCredico as provost of the university.

DeCredico, vice academic dean of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., is the second highest-ranking academic officer of the institution. She joined the Naval Academy as assistant professor in 1986 and has had significant experience as an academic administrator.

Since 1998, DeCredico has advanced within the Naval Academy to positions of increasing scope and authority. She most recently served as chair of the department of history and previously was president of the Faculty Senate, chair of Academic Chairs, and has played leadership roles in a number of campus committees and initiatives, including curriculum development and academic accreditation. She also led a successful strategic planning effort at the Naval Academy.

DeCredico graduated in 1981 from Bucknell with a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, with honors in history. She received a master of arts degree in American history from Vanderbilt University, and earned a Ph.D. in Southern history from Vanderbilt in 1986. She has authored two books in her discipline, with a third under contract.

At the Naval Academy, DeCredico received several awards for teaching and service excellence. She was granted tenure in 1991 and serves as a full professor.

"Dr. DeCredico is the ideal choice as Bucknell's next provost," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "She brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience from an institution that is similar to Bucknell in many areas — the U.S. Naval Academy has an outstanding reputation for its liberal arts and engineering curricula, a pronounced commitment to academic and student excellence, and a dedication to undergraduate teaching."

Mitchell added that "Dr. DeCredico's dedication, accomplishments, natural leadership abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and depth of knowledge make her a natural selection as provost. In her various administrative capacities, she has developed an extensive portfolio of experiences that will transfer well to Bucknell University. Her outstanding leadership abilities and demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education will serve Bucknell well."

DeCredico, who will assume her position July 1, expressed enthusiasm about her new role. "Bucknell University is a wonderful institution of higher learning, and I look forward to working closely with President Mitchell, the administrative team, and the faculty to bring the university to even higher levels of accomplishment. As a Bucknell alumna, I am eager to contribute to a school that has prepared me well, personally and professionally. Bucknell has always meant a great deal to me, and I am thrilled to play a part in driving its future success."

As provost, DeCredico will have full accountability for the university's academic affairs, and will serve as the number two executive officer on campus. She will assume leadership roles in a number of key institutional initiatives, including the development of a new strategic plan.

Vice Admiral Rodney P. Rempt, superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, conveyed that DeCredico's absence will be felt across the Naval Academy. "Dr. DeCredico has contributed significantly to the Naval Academy's strategic planning and intellectual growth over the many years she has served on our faculty, most recently as vice dean. She has led with vision and a strong focus on quality of teaching. She will be a big loss to the Naval Academy, but we are all pleased at Mary's opportunity to help lead her alma mater through these exciting and challenging times in higher education. We are confident that she will exhibit the same engaged and collegial leadership that she displayed here in Annapolis."

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