Provost Announcement and Next Steps

Chris Zappe and President Bob Iuliano announce that Chris Zappe will be stepping down from the role of Provost.

March 15, 2022

Dear Members of the Gettysburg College Community,

I am following up on Chris Zappe’s note about his transition from the role as Provost once his successor is hired and on board.

It is hard to overstate the debt the College owes to Chris. While we will properly celebrate his many contributions to the College closer to the time of his transition, I want to acknowledge how much I have valued his partnership during my tenure here. The job of the Provost is among the most challenging in higher education. Chris has approached that work with a consistent commitment to the Faculty, and with a sense of grace, integrity, and humanity that is compelling. I am enormously grateful for his willingness to remain in office pending the search. This will permit the College to make progress on key priorities, including the continued assessment by the Faculty of the proposed curriculum, ways of reorganizing the Academic Division to adapt to changing enrollment and financial patterns, and the pending accreditation process.

I will now be commencing a national search for Chris’s successor. In the coming days, I will share additional information about the structure of the search and related issues. For today, however, my focus is to recognize Chris’s dedicated service and to extend the College’s deepest gratitude and appreciation for all he has done—and for the leadership he will provide on the essential work ahead.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Chris.



Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Gettysburg College holds a special place in my heart. Over the last 12 years, I have had the privilege of serving this great institution and my faculty colleagues as Provost. I have been honored to work alongside you in this role and I continue to be inspired by all that we have achieved together.

Upon much personal reflection, I have determined that the time is right for me to step down as Provost and transition back into the classroom as a member of the Management Department faculty after taking a sabbatical leave.

In the coming days, President Iuliano will be in touch regarding the national search we will conduct for Gettysburg College’s next Provost. I will continue to serve as Provost, advancing key priorities, until the search process has successfully concluded and my successor is in place.

Gettysburg is a place defined by its people— exceptional teacher-scholars, active and inquisitive students, dedicated staff, ambitious leadership, and proud alumni. It has been an honor to engage with so many Gettysburgians throughout my tenure as Provost on this campus. I look forward to partnering with you all in the years ahead to help realize Gettysburg College’s brightest future.

Thank you,