Southeastern names Golding vice president and provost

Thursday, October 26, 2017 Tena L. Golding
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Tena L. Golding, a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University faculty and administration for more than 35 years, has been appointed the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     Golding has served in the position in an interim capacity since June 2016. Her appointment follows a nationwide search and has been approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
     In her capacity, Golding serves as the chief academic officer of the university, overseeing all academic departments, enrollment services, Sims Memorial Library and various other divisions on campus. She participates in formulating and administering the university’s policies and in developing long-range goals and objectives, as well as ensuring the academic integrity and accreditation of all programs.
     “Dr. Golding has been doing an exemplary job in her interim position, and I am confident in her dedication and commitment to the university’s wellbeing,” said President John L. Crain. “Her familiarity with the accreditation process and the role she has played in professional development of faculty are experiences that are valuable and essential for the position.”
     Prior to her interim appointment, Golding was founding director of the university’s Center for Faculty Excellence established in 1997 as a one-stop shop designed to enhance teaching effectiveness and the academic environment. She helped develop the university’s distance education and online learning services and has served as a liaison between the faculty and administration.
     Golding joined the Southeastern faculty in 1982 as a mathematics instructor in the College of Basic Studies. In 1986, she was appointed a member of the faculty in the Department of Mathematics, where she helped with curriculum development for college algebra and statistics. She has been recognized on multiple occasions for having promoted a student-centered classroom rooted in discovery, problem solving and hands-on learning. She was also instrumental in creating the still-existing After-School Achievement Program (ASAP), which continues to provide tutoring services for area school children.
     A participant in a number of state, regional and national education reform groups, she is the author of numerous articles and presentations related to reform-based mathematics curricula and preparation of teachers. She has served as an evaluator for the past 12 years for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges during which time she has participated in site visits and on review committees for other institutions.
     A professor of mathematics, Golding holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University and an undergraduate and master’s degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

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