Terri Givens Appointed Provost at Menlo College

Terri Givens Appointed Provost at Menlo College

Menlo College has announced the appointment of Dr. Terri Givens as Provost. The selection of Dr. Givens was made by President Richard A. Moran after a national search and a series of interviews that included a search committee, faculty and staff.

“While many of the candidates brought compelling qualifications, Dr. Givens’ experience and talents combine to represent the best match for the needs of our college at this critical juncture,” said President Moran.

Dr. Givens is currently a Professor in the Department of Government at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Her credentials include an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University, and MA and PhD degrees in political science from UCLA. After she obtained her doctorate, Dr. Givens joined the faculty at the University of Washington in the departments of Political Science, European Studies and International Studies.

“I am very excited to be joining the leadership team at Menlo College. This is a wonderful opportunity to build on my own experience as a leader in higher education and to continue the tradition of excellence at Menlo College,” said Dr. Givens.

Dr. Givens studied International Security and Arms Control under Condoleezza Rice at Stanford. While at UT-Austin, she was the first African-American female Vice Provost. She was also on the American Political Science Association Presidential Task Force: Co-Chair, Political Science in the 21st Century from 2008-2010. Dr. Givens is also affiliated with UT’s Center for Women & Gender Studies and the Center for African & African-American Studies.

She has been a fellow of the Migration Policy Institute and a Distinguished Scholar of the Strauss Center for International Law and Security. Her most recent research focuses on European immigration politics and policy.

Dr. Givens has authored two books including Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe(Oxford University Press, 2014) and Voting Radical Right in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005.) Her list of publications can be found here: www.terrigivens.com/#publications.

Her international recognition includes an appointment as Public Policy Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitäet in Berlin, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar Alumna from Stanford, and a German Marshall Fund Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation. She regularly attends the Brussels Forum, “an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic.”

Dr. Givens is the founder of Take Back the Trail, a fitness program designed to address health disparities for women in East Austin. She has been very active in the Austin community and held positions on several boards of directors, including the local public television station, KLRU, and the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council.

She was a member of the track and field team while an undergraduate at Stanford University, competing in sprints and long jump. She was a half-marathon coach for the Austin Fit Running Club and continues to run everything from the 5k to marathons. She also enjoys supporting the performing arts with her husband Mike Scott, and following the activities of her very active boys, Andrew and Brandon.