named provost and senior vice chancellor at UVa-Wise
April 20, 2004 --
W. Blackburn, an historian with more than 30 years of experience
in higher education, will become the next
provost and senior vice
chancellor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise,
U.Va. President John Casteen announced Monday.
am pleased Mr. Blackburn has agreed to join the College at Wise," Casteen
said. "He will arrive during a time of transition at the College
and his leadership and experience in higher education will be key
to helping guide the college community in the coming years."
will assume his duties on July 1. An accomplished scholar, Blackburn
will hold professorships in both history and education.
announcement comes a week after Casteen named Ernest H. Ern,
a former University of Virginia senior vice president,
interim chancellor beginning in May. At that time, Casteen
said Ern would be charged with providing steady leadership and
that the College continues the hard work already begun on reaccreditation,
approval of a new software engineering program, and the physical
development of the campus.
Ern and Blackburn in place," Casteen said, "I believe
the College at Wise will be in the hands of two capable and
visionary academic administrators."
is currently coordinator of special projects at Gardner-Webb
University in Boiling Springs, N.C. He
came to Gardner-Webb
in 1968 as a professor of history and has continued to
institution in a variety of administrative roles including
director of graduate
studies, associate dean of academic affairs, and dean of
academic affairs. Before being named to his current post in 2003, Blackburn
spent a decade as vice president and dean of academic affairs.
During his time at Gardner-Webb, Blackburn helped develop
new core curriculum, which was recognized as one of the
in the nation, and also oversaw the creation of an MBA
program and graduate-level courses in education, counseling and
am extraordinarily excited about beginning my work at UVa-Wise,” Blackburn
said. “I look forward to working to continue to
enhance the quality of the College and to continue to
was selected to become the College’s chief academic
officer following an extensive national search process.
He will fill the vacancy left by the departure of J.
David Smith who resigned
his administrative post last August.
A former Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Blackburn is
the author of Education in the Third Reich: A Study
in Nazi Textbooks as well as numerous scholarly articles
North Carolina native, Blackburn completed the first two years
of his undergraduate education at
graduated from Wake Forest University with bachelor’s
degrees in history and went on to earned his doctoral
degree in education from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
and his wife, Martha Burke Blackburn, a
retired kindergarten teacher. will move to Wise
celebrating its 50th anniversary, UVa-Wise is ranked among the
nation’s top ten public
liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.
The only branch campus of the University
of Virginia, UVa-Wise is home to 1,700 students
and offers under graduate and professional programs
in the liberal arts tradition
of Thomas Jefferson.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189