USI Appoints Khayum As Top Academic Officer


After a national search, University of Southern Indiana President Ronald S. Rochon announced that Dr. Mohammad Khayum has accepted the position of provost. Khayum has served as interim provost since July 1, 2018, and will assume the position permanently beginning January 1, 2019.

As provost, Khayum will serve as the chief academic officer for USI, as well as oversee Student Affairs and Outreach and Engagement. In the provost role, he will enhance and further USI’s academic programs and initiatives; support faculty development and aspirations; work with an engaged student body; collaborate with other institutions of higher education within Indiana as well as citizens, community leaders and local officials for the advancement of the University and the region; and work with legislators and others to help advocate for the University.

“Dr. Khayum has a body of work and strategic mind that has earned the respect of USI faculty, staff and students,” said Rochon. “He is a student-centered administrator and his love for USI is evident. I am confident in his immediate impact and future contributions to advance our mission and achieve our goals.”

Prior to his service as interim provost, Khayum served as dean of USI’s Romain College of Business since 2006. He first joined the USI faculty in 1991, and has served as a professor, department chair, and associate dean. During his 12 years as dean, he has twice led the extension of the College’s business and accounting accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2008 and 2014, oversaw the creation of an accelerated Master of Business Administration Program and worked to establish the Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Series, which has brought major speakers such as T. Boone Pickens and Ben Bernanke to campus, and will feature General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) in April.

As a faculty member, Khayum has taught courses on global economic issues, statistics, micro- and macroeconomics and forecasting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been published in multiple academic journals and has conducted economic impact studies and forecasts for both the University and for businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Tri-State area. Khayum has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Guyana, and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Brian McGuire, professor of accounting, assumed the position of interim dean of the Romain College of Business on July 1, 2018. A national search for the position of dean of the Romain College of Business will commence in the spring.


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