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Keystone College names interim Provost/VP for Academic Affairs

May 6, 2021

David Arnold La Plume – Keystone College has named David Arnold, Ph.D. as Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Arnold will fulfill duties in the cabinet-level position as the college conducts a nationwide search to fill the position on a permanent basis. Karen Yarrish, Ph.D., who previously held the position, will return as a full-time faculty member in the college’s Business Department at her request.

Dr. Arnold has a long and distinguished background in higher education. He is currently a consultant with John N. Gardner Institute, Brevard, N.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, and other similar entities. Among other administrative positions, he has served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Salve Regina University Newport R.I.; President, Chancellor, and President Emeritus of Eureka College, Eureka Ill.; Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph Mo., and Provost and Dean of the College at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.  In the classroom, he has served as a professor of psychology for many years.

Dr. Arnold has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University; a master of arts and doctorate in social psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and has completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. He has experience in all aspects of higher education, including in such areas as accreditation, financial circumstances, faculty mentoring, and advocacy.

“Keystone College is thrilled to welcome Dr. Dave Arnold to campus as Interim
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs,” said Keystone President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D. “Dr. Arnold’s vast experience in a variety of higher education leadership positions will benefit our entire campus community.”

“It is an honor and privilege to serve on President Brundage’s leadership team. I look forward to hearing from Keystone’s dedicated faculty and staff and to learn about their aspirations and dreams for the college.”

David Arnold, Ph.D., Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Most especially, I am anxious to talk with students about their educational experiences at Keystone. Finally, as a native of Pennsylvania, I am thrilled to return to my home state and to work in the Northeastern region on behalf of Keystone College.”

Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, natural science, environmental science, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.