Jacque Fetrow, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will step down from her position on Dec. 31, 2016, a semester earlier than previously announced, President Ronald Crutcher wrote in an email to the university community last week.

In October, Crutcher announced that Fetrow would leave the university on May 31, 2017, to assume the presidency at Albright College, her alma mater.

Instead, Fetrow will "transition to the faculty in order to bring her current research projects to successful conclusion during the spring semester," Crutcher wrote. "I know, from my own experience, that having this time to prepare to assume the presidency is tremendously valuable."

Sandra Peart, dean of the Jepson School of Leadership, will fill the provost role in an interim capacity starting Jan. 1. 

During her tenure at University of Richmond, Fetrow guided the formation of the Faculty Senate and recruited several deans, including Patrice Rankine, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Jamelle Wilson, dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and Martha Merritt, dean of International Education.

The office of the provost supports and guides the academic mission of the university. As provost, Fetrow helped steer the Academic Affairs division through the strategic-planning process, and she will continue to provide assistance during the spring semester. 

“Building on Dr. Fetrow’s commitment to academic excellence and the strong foundation in Academic Affairs combined with Dr. Peart’s deep knowledge of the University and collaborative leadership in many realms, the University will be able to move forward with existing projects and a smooth transition,” Crutcher wrote.

In November, Crutcher announced that a search committee led by Michelle Hamm, professor of chemistry, and Dave Hale, vice president for business and finance, would work with faculty and Storbeck/Pimentel, an outside firm, to choose the next provost. 

“I’m honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this leadership capacity,” Fetrow said. “At the same time, I’m sad to leave the University of Richmond — the wonderful faculty, staff and students make UR a special place.”

Contact reporter Claire Mendelson at claire.mendelson@richmond.edu