Updated with Video: MSU's Chief Academic Officer Stepping Down

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Updated with Video: MSU's Chief Academic Officer Stepping Down

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Dec 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 28, 2012

Michigan State University's chief academic officer is stepping down. Although his formal resignation date is effective July 1, 2013, Provost Kim Wilcox will be joining a Washington, D.C. non-profit organization that works to ease human suffering in Africa, effective January 1.

The organization known as the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa has strong ties to MSU.

Wilcox came to East Lansing as provost in 2005 from the University of Kansas. Since he has been at MSU he has overseen the expansion of medical schools and new global partnerships for the university.

"Provost Wilcox has been a champion of not only MSU but of higher education as a whole," President Lou Anna K. Simon said. "He has led tremendous forward progress in our academic programs, helping position MSU as a global leader in a knowledge-based economy."

Senior Associate Provost June Youatt will be named acting provost.

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