Rhodes College President Jennifer Collins announced today that Dr. Timothy Huebner has been selected as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He served as associate provost July 2019 to July 2023, and he will assume his new role Jan. 2, 2024.
“Tim has been a member of the Rhodes community for almost 30 years and brings a deep love for the college, exciting new ideas, and an abiding commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts education to the role. I am excited to work in partnership with him to achieve the ambitious goals Rhodes has set forth for itself in our strategic plan,” said Collins.
The provost and vice president for academic affairs will partner with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to design and implement a holistic vision for the academic experience at Rhodes that will inform both high-level strategy and day-to-day operations. With a firm commitment to shared governance, the provost will work to craft programs, policies, guidelines, and approaches that are proactive, transparent, and thoughtfully tailored to the college’s mission and needs.
Huebner, who is the Irma O. Sternberg Professor of History and a specialist in the constitutional and legal history of the American South, joined the faculty in 1995. He founded the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, and in 2004 was named Tennessee Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Huebner served as chair of the Department of History for six years and is the author and editor of four books, including Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism and The Taney Court: Justice, Rulings, and Legacy.
While serving as associate provost, Huebner was essential in helping the college navigate the response to COVID-19 and the safe return to campus. He also increased the college’s remote course offerings during summer school and expanded the resources in the Registrar’s Office to streamline and enhance student registration. In 2021, Huebner participated in the Senior Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. Currently, he is co-chair of the college’s 175th Anniversary Committee.
In recognition of Huebner’s scholarship and service, Rhodes has presented him with the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Jameson Jones Award for Outstanding Service, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
“I am honored to take on the responsibility of working with our outstanding faculty to advance and support the academic program of the college. It’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Huebner.