UND names interim provost to take over after June 1 retirement of Tom DiLorenzo

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Debbie Storrs is pictured in this Herald file photo. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Debbie Storrs, senior vice provost at UND, will become the leader of the university's academic affairs beginning June 1, replacing current Provost and Vice President Tom DiLorenzo, who recently announced his retirement.

Interim UND President Joshua Wynne made the announcement Thursday afternoon after "close coordination" with incoming UND President Andrew Armacost, the university said in a press release.

Storrs’ interim appointment is a 13-month contract, concluding June 30, 2021. DiLorenzo will retire on June 1, after seven years as provost and vice president. A national search for the provost and vice president for academic affairs position will be launched in the near future, according to the university.

Storrs joined UND in 2013 when she was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the university's largest college.

Storrs has served as senior vice provost in the Division of Academic Affairs since September 2017. Storrs began her role in a half-time capacity, where, among many duties, she served as captain for Goal 1 of the One UND Strategic Plan, providing students with a "strong liberal arts foundation," while also maintaining her position as dean. In 2018, Storrs was named full-time senior vice provost.


As senior vice provost, Storrs has been responsible for leading, mentoring and collaborating with directors and staff in a number of areas, including Student Academic Success & Career Engagement, Essential Studies, the Honors Program, Reserve Officer Training Corps, the International Center, Strategic Enrollment Management, the Registrar’s Office, Assessment and Accreditation, Academic Fellowships/Scholarships, and the Teaching Transformation & Development Academy.

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