New Mexico State University President John Floros has named April C. Mason as the university’s new interim provost. She will begin the position Nov. 1 and will serve until the end of the academic year.
“Dr. Mason is incredibly knowledgeable and her experience as an academic leader makes her an ideal candidate for this position,” Floros said. “I’m delighted she is able to join us at NMSU.”
Mason served as provost and senior vice president of Kansas State University from 2010-2018. As the university’s chief academic officer, she oversaw the academic dimensions of the university and ensured the university’s academic standards. In cooperation with K-State’s president and deans council, she provided leadership in the development, review and operationalization of policies and goals regarding instruction, research and outreach programs.
Mason served as chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Academic Affairs and was a founding member and chair of the Association of Chief Academic Officers, a group associated with the American Council of Education. Before joining Kansas State University, Mason held faculty and administrative positions at Colorado State University and Purdue University.
Mason earned a doctorate degree in nutrition and her master’s degree in botany from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Her undergraduate degree is in biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.