We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tarek Mahfouz has joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs as Associate Vice Provost of Academic Planning and Operations. Dr. Mahfouz joined the Ball State family in 2009 and currently holds the rank of Professor of Construction Management. Over the years, Dr. Mahfouz has held many different leadership positions within Ball State. Most recently, he served as the Associate Dean of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning. Dr. Mahfouz’s contributions to the Ball State community over the years are notable. He has led the University Senate since 2018 after chairing the Faculty Council for two years. He was instrumental in the coordination of the recent restructuring of the university governance system. His service to the BSU community includes serving on a multitude of taskforces including the Freedom of Expression Task Force, the Steering Committee of the Incentive-based Budget Model, the Strategic Enrollment Planning (SEP 2.0), and BSU IChange. Most recently, he has been an active voice for governance and faculty in the Academic Planning Taskforces. Dr. Mahfouz is known for his leadership style, which is characterized by his collaboration, inclusiveness, and moderation. His experiences provide him with a strong background in and working knowledge of BSU academic policies, curriculum systems and evaluations, digital measures, and international programing, which will be part of his work portfolio in this new role. Dr. Mahfouz holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, and a M.S. and a B.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from the American University in Cairo. He is an active researcher in the areas of Knowledge Management (KM), Machine Learning (ML), Decision Support (DS), and Statistical modeling, with a successful record of over 35 peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings.