Miami University provost resigns as faculty moves toward unionizing
Miami University Provost Jason Osborne announced his resignation in a Monday email to faculty and staff.
"I believe that we are on the cusp of a new era," Osborne wrote in the email. "I know that Miami University will continue to be seen as a national leader in higher education and a highly desirable place to be a student, faculty member, or staff member – thanks to each of you."
Osborne has served as Miami's provost for three years, during which time the university has undergone disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic and discontinued a majority of the university's contingent or visiting faculty contracts. In January, faculty members announced their intent to form a bargaining unit to address "longstanding workplace issues," their desire for shared governance, compensation discrepancies and a lack of academic freedom.
"During this time, each of us have faced personal and professional challenges," Osborne wrote in his Monday email to Miami faculty. "We have navigated a continually changing and uncertain environment. But we have supported each other and through it all, we have continued to deliver on our collective mission of education, innovation, and transformation."
His last day will be June 30, Osborne wrote. He said President Greg Crawford will announce an interim provost in the next few weeks.
"I remain deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to serve and will do what I can to ensure a smooth transition and continued success for Academic Affairs and Miami University," Osborne wrote.