Terry Alger, who has served for 17 years as provost (chief academic officer) at Southern Utah University, has offered his resignation from that position effective the first week of April.

Alger will take a sabbatical leave and then return to SUU to teach chemistry. He has previously taught at the University of Utah, Utah State University and SUU.Frain Pearson, a longtime professor of communication and currently chairman of the SUU communication department, will serve as interim provost until a nationwide search for Alger's replacement is completed. Pearson has previously served as dean of the College of Business, Technology, and Communication.

SUU President Steve Bennion said, "Terry Alger has served SUU well for a remarkable period of time as provost. He has played a pivotal role in helping guide the institution in its maturing years as a four-year college to its emergence as a university."

SUU enrollment has more than tripled since Alger assumed his duties as chief academic officer in 1981. Many academic programs have been added to the University's offerings.