EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Board of Trustees of United Methodist-related University of Evansville have recently elected and announced that Dr. Thomas A. Kazee, who currently serves as the provost and executive vice president of Furman University, was chosen to be the 23rd president of Evansville University.

“Throughout this search process, the committee has worked with the singular focus of finding the most qualified candidate to be the next president of the University of Evansville,” said Niel Ellerbrook, chair of the UE Board of Trustees.

Kazee will assume his duties June 1, replacing Dr. Stephen Jennings, who is retiring after nine years as UE President.

“I am extremely excited by this opportunity to lead the University of Evansville into the future,” Kazee said.

In his seven years at Furman, Kazee has been the chief academic officer, supervising the work of vice presidents and directors in various offices, including enrollment, student life, computing and information services, sustainability, grants administration and institutional research.  He served as acting president during the 2006-07 academic year.

Prior to his arrival at Furman in 2003, Kazee served for 18 years on the faculty at Davidson College, including a decade as chair of the department of political science, and four years as dean of the college at the University of the South (Sewanee).  He received a B.A. in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1974, and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 1978.

Kazee is married to Sharon Kazee, vice president for Arts and Academics and dean at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. They have two adult children.

For more information, visit www.evansville.edu.