ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University has named a dean from Utah State University as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University has named a dean from Utah State University as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Gary Kiger, who has been dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State since 2003, will begin work at SOU on July 1.

In a press release from SOU, Kiger was quoted as saying: "The commitment to the liberal arts, to scholarship and to teaching was evident in my interactions with faculty, staff and students. I look forward to working with colleagues and especially with President Cullinan to move the initiatives of the university forward, achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and make a difference at SOU."

As dean at Utah State, Kiger is responsible for more than 200 full-time faculty in 13 departments and a $20 million budget. He has administrative authority for Caine School of the Arts; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Museum of Anthropology, the university's National Public Radio affiliate and the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. He also oversees the university's programs in religious studies, liberal arts, women and gender studies and Asian studies, among others.

Prior to being named a dean, Kiger chaired the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State.

While at the university, which is in Logan, Kiger has received several honors, including: President's Diversity Award (1996), Honors Professor (1991-92), Researcher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (1989) and Teacher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (1987).

According to the Utah State Web site, Kiger received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado. He earned a master's degree in sociology from McGill University in Montreal and his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado.