Dr. Courtney Bentley named UM provost and vice president for academic affairs – Shelby County Reporter

Dr. Courtney Bentley named UM provost and vice president for academic affairs

Posted 3:46 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022


MONTEVALLO – After serving as acting provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Montevallo since January, Dr. Courtney Bentley has been formally appointed to the position.

The announcement was made August 17 at the faculty convocation meeting at the Center for the Arts.

His post takes effect on September 1.

“Over the past year, Dr. Bentley has served extremely well as acting provost and vice president of academic affairs,” said Dr. John Stewart, president of the University of Montevallo. “She carried out her work with such dedication, care and thoughtfulness that it became clear to me that we could not hope to find someone else of her caliber to serve as an academic leader on the campus. I’m really happy with our selection.

Prior to becoming acting provost and vice president of academic affairs, Bentley was UM’s dean of the College of Education and Human Development, a position Dr. Donna Ploessl now holds on an interim basis.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Montevallo,” Bentley said. “I believe the strength of the University’s core academic programs is rooted in our liberal arts identity and I look forward to building on these traditions to meet challenges and celebrate success as we move forward.”

In addition to her experience as Dean of the CEHD, Bentley served as Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director of the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Montevallo, held faculty positions at the University of Central Florida and Troy University and has taught and worked with P-12 schools and other educational agencies to support equitable learning opportunities for children, youth, and adult learners.

This involvement in rural, suburban and urban settings has provided him with unique opportunities to observe how students from diverse backgrounds and communities learn most effectively. These combined experiences have informed Bentley’s commitment to increasing equitable opportunity, improving educational outcomes and pursuing social justice for underserved communities.

Bentley is currently past president of the Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and co-chair of the National Association for Multicultural Education’s Advancing Multicultural Learning Committee and the Alabama Professional Learning Commission.

She holds an Ed.D. in the curriculum and teaching of Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

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