Announcing the Appointment of Our New Provost

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

I am thrilled to share with you that Laura Behling, Ph.D. has accepted our invitation to serve as provost, and will join us on July 15.

Dr. Behling comes to us with extensive academic leadership experience at Knox College (also named a “College That Changes Lives”), Butler University, and Gustavus Adolphus College. Her deep commitment to the liberal arts, faculty and staff support, experiential learning, diversity, and meeting the academic, social and wellness needs of students will be invaluable in helping us achieve the goals of our Leadership for a Changing World strategic plan.

More information about Dr. Behling and her appointment is available on the Puget Sound website at

Thank you to all who were able to participate in campus interviews and provide your feedback on our finalists. I would especially like to recognize the members of our search advisory committee, listed below, for their good work over many months as we’ve sought to appoint this essential role.

It is very exciting to have this important position filled by such an exceptionally qualified individual who is excited about Puget Sound and shares our strategic vision for the future.


Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. | President