The University of Central Arkansas board of trustees named Steven Runge as the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs at a teleconference Friday.
The decision was unanimous.
Runge has served as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since Feb. 27, 2012.
UCA President Tom Courtway said in a news release that Runge has had a job interview for 367 days.
"He’s done his job admirably, honestly and to the best of his ability, and I think he possesses all the qualifications that this university needs for the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs,” Courtway said in the release. “In short, in my opinion, he has earned the job.”
Runge said it would be a good opportunity to continue the work he's started as interim.
“It’s fun to know I’ll be able to continue working with these great people to continue to move the university forward," Runge said in the release.
Courtway consulted Thursday with the UCA faculty senate, whose members agreed with the job-title change, the university said.
Runge has worked at the university since 1991 when he began as an assistant professor.