New Provost for Lewis-Clark State College Named

New Provost for Lewis-Clark State College Named
New Provost for Lewis-Clark State College Named

Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) announced that their new Provost will be Carmen Simone, hailing from Casper College in Wyoming. She’ll be leaving the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and replacing the current Interim Provost, Rob Lohrmeyer who will be returning to his duties as Dean of Professional-Technical Programs. Simone was one of three finalists brought to the Lewiston, Idaho campus for interviews last minute. She begins at LCSC in mid-August.

Bio: Simone has worked at Casper College, a community college with an enrollment of close to 5,000 students, since August of 1993 when she started as a chemistry instructor. She taught chemistry for 11 years there and developed an internet distance education package, including a weekend laboratory, to offer educational opportunities for rural students. Also during 1993-2003, she was an assistant professor in the summer teaching chemistry at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

She has served as Faculty Senate Chair and as Chair of the Physical Science Division. In 2004, she was appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Casper College where she supervised more than 160 full-time faculty, 100 adjunct instructors, 30 support personnel and seven deans. During that time she helped revitalize the continuing education program and helped realign eight academic divisions led by division chairs with faculty status to five schools led by administrative deans.

Simone earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota in 1987 and then her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State in 1992. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on “Vanadium and Protein Interactions: Inhibition, Redox Chemistry, and Conversion of Cofactor Analogs.”