Saturday, 2:15 PM
By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff
The University of Massachusetts Amherst provost, Charlena Seymour, will resign from the position at the end of the academic year.
The university plans to conduct a national search for her replacement. Seymour, who had served as provost since 2004, and interim provost for the three years prior, will consider options to continue at UMass, according to a university statement.
Seymour, a graduate of Howard University and Ohio State University, was dean of the graduate school from 1994-2001 and chairwoman of the department of communication disorders from 1984-1992. She joined the university as an assistant professor in 1971.
"Charlena's years of dedicated service to this institution are not only laudable, but they've come at a time when the university required the thoughtful leadership that has been the hallmark of her tenure as provost," Chancellor Robert C. Holub said in a statement.