Dr. Leamor Kahanov Senior Vice President & Provost

Dr. Leamor Kahanov to become new chief academic officer 

Alvernia University appoints Dr. Leamor Kahanov as the new Senior Vice President & Provost responsible for serving as the chief academic officer overseeing all academic operations, Career Development, IT, the Library and several other important administrative areas. She succeeds Interim Provost Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM, professor of business and the executive director of academic services, research, and scholarship, Alvernia University.  


“We are thrilled to have someone with Dr. Kahanov's experience filling this crucial role at the university,” said Alvernia University President-Elect, Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. “Dr. Kahanov is a visionary leader who will continue to drive the strategy of our four-college model as well as our student experiences.” 


Kahanov has over 25 years of higher education experience as a provost, dean and professor. She has extensive experience in revising general education essential learning outcomes, creating faculty mentorship programs, academic affairs and institutional strategic planning, and developing academic programs. She assumes her new role on August 1.  


“I am excited about joining Alvernia University as a member of the community,” said Kahanov.  “Alvernia's growth and dedication to impacting and transforming students and our communities was my initial attraction to the institution. I am looking forward to participating in the positive trajectory of Alvernia.” 


Kahanov previously served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Chief Academic Officer for Stockton University. In this role, she had oversight of the seven academic schools and all academic support services. Prior to Stockton, Kahanov served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Oneonta. 


Prior to her time at Oneonta, she served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education and Practice at Indiana State University, and Chair of the Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana State University. Professionally she has served as an Athletic Trainer for several institutions and the Olympic Games. In addition to these roles, she has held faculty appointments at each institution mentioned. 


“Thank you to all those who served on the search committee, led by Dr. Nathan Thomas,” said Fitzgerald. “I would like to thank Interim Provost Mary Ellen Wells for her willingness to temporarily step away from her roles in the university to serve in this crucial capacity and for her tremendous leadership and service to the university.”  


Kahanov was selected in a national search from among more than 50 applicants. Her academic credentials include 92 peer-reviewed publications, 120 peer-reviewed presentations and a textbook entitled “Athletic Training and Therapy: Foundations of Behavior and Practice.” She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University; her Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Arizona; and her Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. She also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.