Dr. Denis Wiesenburg

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg came to The University of Southern Mississippi as its vice president for research in 2010 and today serves as provost. In 2012, Wiesenburg was charged with reorganizing the Office of the Provost to include the leadership for both academic affairs and research in one office.

Before coming to Southern Miss, Wiesenburg served as dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Wiesenburg has a B.A. in Chemistry from Duke University, a M.S. in Oceanography from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.

From 1994 to 2004, he served The University of Southern Mississippi at the Stennis Space Center as director of the Center for Marine Science, associate director for the Institute of Marine Science, and as chair of the Department of Marine Science. The USM Hydrographic Science degree program was established in partnership with the U.S. Navy while he was Marine Science department chair.

During his 30-year career as an oceanographer, he has worked for U.S. Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity (NORDA – now Naval Research Laboratory – SSC) and as a research scientist in the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University.

In 1986, he led a team of oceanographers who discovered a new current in the Mediterranean Sea that they named the Algerian Current.

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What is a provost?

The provost is the chief academic officer and the senior university officer next to the president.

The provost is the president's principal adviser in all matters pertaining to the development of a well-conceived and organized curriculum, administered and taught by a faculty of the highest qualifications.

The provost oversees planning for the university's educational programs and works with the vice presidents and deans in accomplishing the university's educational objectives. The provost oversees budget development by the colleges and monitors these budgets throughout the academic year.

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