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CWU Announces Martin Tadlock as second Provost candidate

The Central Washington University Provost Search Committee has announced Martin Tadlock, currently provost and vice president for academic affairs and student affairs at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in northern Minnesota as the second candidate for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Life and Student Life.

Tadlock scheduled to visit Central and meet with the search committee on April 6. A campus-wide open forum will be held on April 5 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in SURC 210.

Tadlock earned his bachelor’s degree in geography and went on to earn his master’s of education in secondary education, both from Utah State. He subsequently earned his PhD in educational administration and leadership at Miami University of Ohio.

Tadlock began his career in education three decades ago as a middle school teacher and later served as the Director of the Center of Education for the Young Adolescent at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville.

He has served in various academic and administrative roles including Professor of Middle Level Education, Program Coordinator, Team Chair, and Assistant Dean, Dean, and Provost.  As Assistant Dean at Utah State University, Tadlock established the first middle level teacher licensure program in the state. He also founded the largest graduate seminar in the western U.S., the Rocky Mountain Middle Level Education Seminar, which attracts more than 300 middle school teachers and administrators every year.

Since arriving at Bemidji State University in 2001 and since his return in 2012 Tadlock engaged faculty and staff to create the university’s first master academic plan and co-chaired the university’s strategic planning council to draft a new university strategic plan. Additionally, he secured partnerships that resulted in creating twelve international partner universities as part of an internationalization initiative.

He also secured more than $6 million in grants and contracts and managed more than $60 million in capital projects over his career. He was instrumental in securing private support that resulted in a state financial award for the 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, one of two National Science Foundation Applied Technology Education Centers of Excellence in Minnesota.

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