John Masserini selected as next vice provost for academic affairs at NAU

Interim Provost Brian Levin-Stankevich announced this week that John Masserini will be the next vice provost for academic affairs at Northern Arizona University.

Masserini, who is the associate dean for the Graduate College, will assist in expertise, practices and internal and external relationships to ensure quality and integrity and advance NAU in its mission of student success.

“I am honored and thrilled to be joining the Provost’s Office in this important role,” Masserini said. “Collaborating with units across campus to maintain, develop and build student success initiatives at NAU will be tremendously rewarding, as will identifying and highlighting the many ways NAU’s academic and institutional efforts positively impact student retention and persistence toward degree completion. Providing students with meaningful experiences coupled with robust resources is our priority as we carry out our mission to prepare and graduate an educated and engaged citizenry.”

Masserini has many years of experience contributing to student success at NAU. Prior to working at the Graduate College, he was associate director for the School of Music, and he remains a professor of clarinet in the school.

He received his bachelor’s in music performance from the University of New Mexico and his master’s and doctoral degrees in music performance from Michigan State University.

Levin-Stankevich said he was pleased Masserini would become part of the provost’s office and thanked the other internal candidates.

“I want to thank those of our colleagues who allowed themselves to be considered for this position,” Levin-Stankevich said. “Doing so within one’s own university is a difficult challenge, and I appreciate their forbearance and courage in doing so.  I also want to thank the members of the screening committee for their diligence in achieving a balanced and thorough assessment of our candidates and campus input.”

Masserini will begin his role as vice provost on Oct. 1.

Tallie Valverde