TACOMA, Wash. — Following an extensive and highly competitive national search, University of Puget Sound has named Drew Kerkhoff as the institution’s new provost effective July 10, 2023.  Kerkhoff comes to Puget Sound from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he currently serves as associate provost.

“We are thrilled to have Drew join us at Puget Sound,” said Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford. “In addition to his deep commitment to liberal arts education, he is a proven leader with experience in faculty development, student success efforts, and implementing strategic goals that align with our vision for this university.”

Kerkhoff has held many positions at Kenyon College including chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, chair of the biology department, and director of student research programs. He became associate provost of Kenyon College in June of 2020 and chaired the college’s COVID-19 Steering Committee through much of the pandemic. In his role, he has worked to better integrate writing instruction into science education, incorporate computational and data science approaches into biology curricula, and helped lead the development of a plan to attain carbon neutrality by 2040.