Michigan State academic chief to step down

Kim Wilcox's tenure ends July 1

Published On: Dec 28 2012 04:12:58 AM EST

Michigan State University says its chief academic officer is stepping down to join a Washington, D.C.-based, Africa-focused nonprofit organization with ties to the school.

Michigan State said Thursday that Kim Wilcox's tenure as provost will end July 1 but he'll begin working Tuesday with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Peter McPherson is a founding co-chairman of the organization launched in 2001 while he was president of the university.

Senior Associate Provost June Youatt will be named acting provost.

Current Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon says she feels "fortunate to have someone the campus trusts working" for the nonprofit. She called Wilcox a "champion" of Michigan State and "higher education as a whole."

Wilcox came to the East Lansing university in 2005.