Dr. Canada Leaving for IU Kokomo
By Jonathan Bym, Editor
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mark Canada, announced in December that he was going to leave the university in March to take over as provost at Indiana University at Kokomo in April.
A call from the Storbeck/Pimentel search firm came out of the blue to Dr. Canada saying he had been nominated to the committee.
“This is an opportunity to take what some people would consider the next step,” Dr. Canada said. “I didn’t intend on taking that kind of position so early in my career, but a search firm reached out to me.”
Family and nostalgia were some draws for the job. Both Dr. Canada, and wife Lisa, have family that live within an hour and a half of Kokomo, In., and they both attended IU-Bloomington for their undergraduate degrees.
“It turned out the job is in Indiana, which is where my family lives and where my wife’s family lives, so it just seemed like a natural thing to pursue,” he said. “The idea of being part of that (the IU system) again is really appealing.”
Dr. Canada was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2012. One of his prouder accomplishments during his time at UNCP was winning the UNC Board of Governors award for teaching excellence in 2008.
“I love to teach, and it is really nice to be recognized for something you love to do,” Dr. Canada said.
When comparing the two schools, Dr. Canada saw a lot of similarities. He said both are regional-comprehensive institutions, and both have large health science programs. However, IU-Kokomo is approximately two-thirds the size of UNCP, and does not have on-campus housing for students.
“The idea is that these campuses serve a region,” Dr. Canada said. “I cant speak for IU Kokomo, but one reason why it seemed like a good fit for them is that they’re smaller than UNCP, and I’m the dean of arts and sciences. So, I do some things that are similar to what the provost does there.”
He wanted to make sure that nobody thought that he was leaving the university less than a month after Provost Ken Kitts and Chancellor Kyle R. Carter announced their plans to leave UNCP as well. Dr. Canada said his leaving has “no connection” to Dr. Kitts and Dr. Carter’s announcement.
“I’ve enjoyed being a dean here. I’ve enjoyed everything about being here,” he said. “This is a great place to be, and I’m happy to have worked here for the past 18 years.”
Photo of Dr. Canada.