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Academic Affairs and Provost

Since 1958, Lourdes University has provided an excellent private liberal arts education focused on professional studies. As the university’s chief academic officer, it is the Provost’s responsibility to support and extend the mission of our founders, the Sisters of St. Francis, and to collaborate with faculty to ensure a rigorous Franciscan education.

Katherine P. Beutel, Ph.D., Interim Provost

Kate Buetel

Office: St. Clare Hall 255

Education: Ph.D., M.A., The Ohio State University, B.A., The University of Dayton

Dr. Beutel has taught at Lourdes University for nearly two decades. She currently holds positions as Interim Provost, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Liaison Officer, and Professor of English. During the 2022-2023 academic year, she completed a term as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and has previously served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Katherine P. Beutel, Ph.D., is a dedicated academic leader and scholar with a rich background in higher education. She oversees a wide range of responsibilities including accreditation processes, academic program development, and budget management. With a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University, her scholarship focuses on contemporary American literature. Dr. Beutel’s extensive administrative experience includes roles as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Chair of the English Department, where she spearheaded strategic initiatives and curriculum enhancements.

In addition to her administrative achievements, Dr. Beutel is a seasoned educator, teaching a variety of courses in English literature, writing, and interdisciplinary studies at Lourdes University. Her commitment to scholarly inquiry is evident through numerous presentations at conferences such as the Midwest Modern Language Association and publications exploring themes in American and multi-ethnic literature. Beyond academia, she actively engages in community service and holds leadership roles in local organizations, reflecting her dedication to both education and community enrichment.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Contact Information

Juliana R. Sample
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Lourdes University
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

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