Siloam Springs, Ark (March 28, 1997) - John Brown University announced today that Dr. Mel Fratzke will serve the university as provost and dean of faculty beginning July 1, 1997. Dr. Fratzke comes to JBU from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he has served in various administrative and academic capacities since 1980. Most recently, Dr. Fratzke has served as the associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Education at the U of A since 1989. Dr. Fratzke also served as interim dean of the college of education at the U of A from July 1994 to October 1995.

As provost and dean of faculty, Dr. Fratzke will serve as second officer of JBU, with primary responsibility for academic leadership. The position includes responsibility for academic affairs, athletics, student life, and spiritual life.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Fratzke join John Brown University," said Dr. Lee Balzer, president of JBU. "He is an accomplished academician and author, and will play a vital role in helping JBU continue to progress in national leadership of numerous areas ranging from honors programming in the liberal arts to professional and technical studies."

Dr. Fratzke has published numerous articles and abstracts, and has given dozens of leadership presentations and seminars all over the United States. He was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year in Higher Education in 1989, and has secured a number of academic grants with the University of Arkansas.

"Dr. Fratzke is a respected leader in higher education in northwest Arkansas, around the state and nation, and I believe his strengths will improve John Brown University as we move toward a greater leadership role among higher education institutions in the state and around country," said Dr. Balzer.

Fratzke and his wife, Joan, have two daughters, Laura and Brenda, both of whom are John Brown University graduates.

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