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Dan Kain (right), provost and vice president for academic affairs, responds to a questions at the January Faculty Senate meeting

NAU Provost Daniel Kain will be stepping down and returning to his position as a faculty member as of July 1. The announcement was made by NAU President Rita Cheng in an email to faculty April 26.

“I know I join many of you in honoring and thanking Dan for his commitment to NAU. Dan has worked with me through the transition, and I am thankful for his support,” read Cheng’s email. “Please join me in thanking Dan for his service as Provost.”

Kain has acted as provost since December 2016 after the sudden departure of the previous provost Jim Coleman, who held the position for 14 months.

In the announcement, Kain said it had been an honor to serve as provost but after almost two decades of working in the administration, he wanted to return to what drew him to higher education in the first place.

Kain will likely return to teach in the College of Education where he has both taught and served as dean and associate dean in the past.

“President Cheng asked me to assist in a time of transition, and I believe we have successfully completed that work,” said Kain in the announcement email. “I am grateful to the president and our community for the opportunity I have had to work with amazing colleagues in all parts of the university. I remain steadfastly committed to NAU, a university that changes lives and builds a better future.”

Come the fall semester, Cheng said she plans to initiate a national search for a new provost and will reveal plans for an interim provost before the end of the semester.

Kain is not the only high-level administrator set to leave their postition recently. Diana Feinberg, who had been appointed chief human recourses officer approximately three weeks ago, has also resigned citing personal reasons.