Dr. Kendra King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University, was named Interim Provost by President Nick Ladany, effective December 2020. Dr. Momon will replace Dr. Glenn Sharfman, who has served in the role since 2014 and will be stepping down at the close of the fall semester.
Dr. Momon joined the Oglethorpe community in 2003 and currently serves as the Chair of the Division of Politics, History, and International Studies, Program Coordinator for African American Studies, Director of the Rich Urban Leadership Program, and most recently was named Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce. She is the first person of color to hold the provost position at Oglethorpe.
Dr. Momon is also the author of multiple articles and books on African-American politics, gentrification, and leadership training and development, and has served as an expert on the life, leadership, and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Her most recent book, Being As Leading: Your Roadmap To Shaping Culture Through Life’s Disruptions, was released earlier this month. Dr. Momon also has been a frequent guest commentator on local, national, and international television news and media outlets, including CNN, the Associated Press, NPR, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Washington Post. She received her bachelor’s from Colby College and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
“Congratulations to Dr. Momon on this well-deserved new role,” said President Ladany. “Her commitment to authentic and intentional leadership both on and off campus make her uniquely qualified.”
A search committee, comprised of representatives from university stakeholder groups, will be formed to hire a permanent replacement for the role, with the goal of appointing a new provost to join the Oglethorpe community in summer 2021.