Interim Eastern Washington University President David May has announced the hiring of a new provost—and a homecoming of sorts.

“As we continue to evaluate our ongoing needs, I am excited to share some news about our leadership team that will strengthen the university’s efforts during this critical stretch,” May wrote in an email to EWU faculty and staff on Tuesday. “I am pleased to welcome—back—a name that is familiar to many of you, Brian Levin-Stankevich, PhD, who has agreed to serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.”

Incoming EWU Provost Brian Levin-Stankevich.

With extensive experience in higher education, and at Eastern, Levin-Stankevich brings a deep understanding of all aspects of academic and strategic planning, as well as vast experience supporting community relations, fundraising efforts and communication.

During his time at EWU from 1995-2006, Levin-Stankevich served in a variety of key roles including interim president for one year and provost for three years. He helped Eastern win approval from the state for new degree programs such as the doctorate in physical therapy, the master’s in occupational therapy, and a BS in electrical engineering—Eastern’s first engineering degree. He has a track record of establishing and maintaining a high level of communication and trust between academic affairs, faculty and the Board of Trustees.

Levin-Stankevich comes back to Eastern from the University of New Mexico where he is a research professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He previously served as interim provost at Xavier University and at Northern Arizona University, and as President of Westminster College, and Chancellor of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Levin-Stankevich will take over for Brian Donahue, who has been filing the role of provost temporarily since early August when May vacated the position to serve as president.

“I would like to thank Brian Donahue for his willingness to serve as interim provost during this period of transition,” says May. “His experience in several administrative roles over the years has proved valuable and I am thankful to report he will be returning to his role as vice provost.”

Levin-Stankevich’s three year term begins Sept. 21.