Dr. Micheal Crafton, who has served as Clayton State University’s Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) since Aug. 3, 2009, has accepted that same position on a permanent basis, Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., announced today.
“After discussions with faculty in each of the colleges and the faculty senate, it was clear that Dr. Crafton’s efforts had gained the respect and trust of a wide cross section of our faculty,” says Hynes. “We continue to face challenging times, but the addition of Dr. Crafton helps us face those challenges with a shared commitment to transparency, collaboration, strategic thinking, and a culture of evidence.
“His deeply-held academic values, together with his good humor, make him a valuable part of campus leadership.”
Prior to joining the Clayton State administration in 2009, Crafton, who is only the second person to hold the joint Provost/VPAA position at Clayton State, was a professor of English at the University of West Georgia. An expert on medieval literature, Chaucer, the Bayeux Tapestry and a member of the Department of English at West Georgia since 1985, Crafton brought to Clayton State a wealth of experiences, both from the professorial ranks and from administrative and academic leadership responsibilities. His Ph.D. and M.A. in English are from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and he holds a B.S. in English from the University of Tennessee at Nashville.
In addition to his faculty appointment at West Georgia, Crafton twice served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs at West Georgia for a total of two years, and twice led that institution’s Strategic Planning efforts. A member of numerous faculty committees at West Georgia, he also served for three years as associate vice president of Academic Affairs there, and for more than two years as faculty associate for Enrollment Management in the Division of Student Affairs. In the latter assignment he created the foundation for university-wide strategic enrollment planning that included recruitment, retention, progression, and graduation of students as a university-wide responsibility.
For the University System of Georgia, he served as faculty chair of the eCore initiative, and helped create the conditions for West Georgia’s eCore franchise status.
“His reputation at West Georgia is focused on competence, collaboration across the university, and consistent commitment to continuous learning for students, faculty and staff,” notes Hynes.