Former Stephenville Independent School District board member and longtime Tarleton State University employee Dr. Brad Chilton has been tapped to serve as Interim Provost at TSU.

In an email to faculty and staff this week, Dr. Dennis McCabe announced that Chilton will serve in the No. 2 position at the university until “an individual can be identified to replace Dr. Gary Peer, who is retiring July 31, 2007.”

McCabe, who is retiring in 2008, said Chilton’s appointment is subject to approval by Dr. Michael McKinney, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

TSU’s public information office said the A&M system is expected to sign off on McCabe’s choice of Chilton in late July.

“Dr. McKinney agreed with me that the new president of Tarleton (who will assume the office on June 1, 2008) should be directly involved in selecting the next provost/VPAA (vice president of academic affairs),” McCabe said.

“I anticipate that the next Chief Academic Officer for Tarleton will be named in time to begin the 2008-09 school year,” he said.

Chilton, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, joined the TSU faculty in 1982. He is a tenured, full-professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and was named Regents’ professor in 2001.

Chilton previously served as head of the Department of Computer Information System for three years. He also served as Associated Vice President for Student Services for three years, during which time he supervised the offices of Admissions, Registrar, and Financial Aid.

Chilton has served in his currently position as executive director of the Office for Planning, Evaluation and Institutional Research since 2004.

“Dr. Chilton brings to this new assignment a variety of experiences in various academic roles that will serve him and Tarleton well throughout the next academic year,” McCabe said. “I have total confidence in Dr. Chilton, his managerial abilities and his administrative style which is participative and inclusive.”

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.