Marian University Hires Saib Othman to Serve as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs

by Mark Apple | Feb 15, 2016

Saib OthmanMarian University ( announced today that Saib Othman, Ph.D., has been hired to serve as associate provost of academic affairs. In this newly created position, Dr. Othman will provide leadership and budgetary oversight for five academic areas; drive efforts around assessment of learning outcomes, faculty recruitment and development; oversee student progress and performance; guide academic planning, program development, and program review; demonstrate leadership in campus-wide efforts in student enrollment and retention, and ensure that the institution meets its academic and related goals. Dr. Othman will report to Dr. Tom Enneking, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Othman comes to Marian University from Aurora University in Illinois, where he most recently served as the Dean, College of Graduate and Adult Studies, and previously served as the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. He has held a variety of faculty and leaderships positions during his illustrious career, including Chairperson of the Mathematics Department at Aurora University.

Dr. Othman earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa, and his B.Sc. in Mathematics/Physics from United Arab Emirates University.

“At Marian University, Dr. Othman has an outstanding opportunity to move the institution forward at a pivotal moment, promoting its strengths, building trust, and fostering excellence and innovative thinking,” Dr. Enneking said. “I’m confident that he will work with senior leaders across the university and with faculty and staff in an inclusive and transparent manner, determining priorities for the use of institutional assets that strengthen the institution’s impact, and ensuring that the university meets its commitments and improves the student experience."

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Marian University (, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of nearly 3,000 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide.

Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 33 national championships in cycling, and won the NAIA Football National Championship in 2012 and 2015. 

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