Mrinal Varma Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. Mrinal Mugdh Varma became Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Auburn University at Montgomery on February 1, 2017. He came to AUM from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he helped guide the university to record enrollment, assisting in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for expanding academic program offerings, creating a culture of evidence, and increasing student enrollment through innovative recruitment and retention programs. Varma secured nearly $2 million in grant funding for the university’s student success center and campus learning communities, and the delivery of effective advising and career counseling services to students. “The thought and the energy AUM dedicates to putting students first drew me to the university,” said Varma. “As chief academic officer, I’ll support that core value by evolving and managing our academic programs and degrees to ensure that they are engaging and relevant to the lives that students choose to build with us.” The Provost also oversees the Office of International Affairs, Research and Graduate Programs, Office of Undergraduate Studies, Office of Enrollment Management, the Honors’ Program and other facets of the University. Varma received his BS (Honors), MS and PhD in anthropology from the University of Delhi and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives and is board certified in healthcare management. Varma will hold a faculty appointment in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as a tenured full professor of Healthcare Administration.