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Installation service for Dr. Michael McCorcle, new Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

Published on Mar 7, 2016 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The formal installation of Dr. Michael McCorcle as the provost and vice president of academic affairs for Evangel University will take place on Friday, March 18, 2016, in the Spence Chapel.

An organ prelude will begin at 9:50 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

McCorcle joined the Evangel faculty in 1996. He has taught a broad range of courses in the Science & Technology Department, and he served as chair of the department from 2001-2015.

He was appointed to his current leadership position last August. The formal ceremony coincides with the University’s spring Board of Trustees meetings.

“With more than 35 years of experience as an outstanding educator, faculty leader and researcher, Dr. McCorcle has served at Evangel with distinction since his arrival in 1996,” said Dr. Carol A. Taylor, president.

The program includes a formal procession, special music and charges by representatives from the board of trustees, faculty and the student body. The inaugural address will be given by Dr. McCorcle.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. It will also be live-streamed on the Evangel website:

Springfield Native

McCorcle is a 1976 graduate of Parkview High School in Springfield, Mo. He attended Evangel (then College) from 1976-1978 before transferring to California for a degree not offered by Evangel.

He earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University of California-Davis, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology at the University of Utah. He also has served on the faculty of Iowa State University.

Prior to Evangel, McCorcle was a senior research scientist with the Science Applications International Corporation in McLean, Va. There, he worked on numerous research projects for the U.S. Forest Service, NASA/Kennedy Space Center, the EPA and the Department of Defense.

“In addition to his impressive professional experience, Michael reflects a deep spirituality, integrity, commitment to excellence and humble yet confident leadership,” said Taylor. “He has demonstrated his ability to lead through difficult challenges while maintaining a focus on mission and care for colleagues and students alike.”