New WSU Provost Placed On Leave

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The new provost at Washington State University has been placed on personal leave at his request, school officials said.

Steven L. Hoch, made the request less than two months after taking the job
. No reason has been announced.

WSU spokesman James Tinney said the request was immediately granted by university President Elson S. Floyd.

Hoch was a dean at the University of Kentucky when he accepted the WSU position in May. He started work Aug. 1.

Tinney said Hoch’s provost duties would be assumed by Warwick Bayly, dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.