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Evangel provost, a longtime employee, to retire

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Evangel University Provost Mike McCorcle, a 26-year veteran of the college, is retiring.

McCorcle, who also serves as executive vice president, is slated to exit at the end of the fall semester on Dec. 11, according to a news release.

“Mike has had a tremendous impact on Evangel University,” said Michael Kolstad, vice president for university advancement, in the release. "He has a passion and love for students and faculty that permeates everything about him and his leadership style."

During his six-year tenure as provost, McCorcle led the university to be accredited successfully three times by the Higher Learning Commission. The university's accreditation currently is currently confirmed through 2026. He also helped establish the Center for Student Success, an on-campus resource center designed for student retention, tutoring, advisement and career development.

McCorcle started at Evangel as a faculty member in 1995, teaching courses in physics, meteorology and chemistry. He was named chair of Evangel's Natural and Applied Sciences Department in 2001 and became provost and executive vice president in 2015, according to the release.

“What stands out most prominently to me as I reflect on my service at Evangel are the chaotic and fun times spent with my students,” McCorcle said in the release. “My greatest joy was when my office was filled with students working on physics problems – learning and laughing together.”

McCorcle’s exit comes as new Evangel President Mike Rakes starts his tenure this semester.

Evangel officials say they’ll announce the plans to select its next provost at the end of the year.

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