John Matachek Interim Provost Biography Dr. John Matachek became the Interim Provost in August, 2015. As Interim Provost, Dr. Matachek is the chief academic officer of the university, providing leadership through the establishment of academic priorities, the support of existing and the development of new innovative academic programs, and the supervision of our academic deans and the dean of students. He also is responsible for the undergraduate and graduate student experience, oversee the libraries, and the international and diversity programs at the university. He previously served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for six years. A member of the College of Liberal Arts Faculty since 1984, Dean Matachek began his career as an assistant Professor in the department of chemistry. He was tenured and promoted to associate Professor in 1990 and, following his promotion to full Professor in 1996, became Chair of the Department of Chemistry – a position he held through 2006. From 2001 to the present, Professor Matachek has served as co-Chair of the Biochemistry program at Hamline. In 2007-2008 he served as the inaugural president of the Hamline University Faculty Council. Dean Matachek earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University.