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Oklahoma City University has a new assistant provost.
Kent Buchanan, professor and chairman of the biology department, will assume the position July 1. He has taught at OCU since 2006. A native of Oklahoma, Buchanan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Prior to OCU, he worked as an associate research scientist at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and as a research assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was then a tenured professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he returned to Oklahoma.
He has served as chairman of Oklahoma City University’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and has been a member of the board of trustees. He has chaired – or been a member of – many of the university’s councils and committees.
In 2009, he was appointed to the board of Science Museum of Oklahoma, and in 2010, he was appointed to the board of regents of Oklahoma School of Science and Math. Buchanan serves on the Mission Council for Church of the Servant United Methodist Church.