A veteran University of Wyoming faculty member who was instrumental in developing the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center and other UW Outreach School programs has been named the university’s interim vice president for academic affairs.

Maggi Murdock’s appointment will begin Jan. 2, 2014, and she has agreed to remain in the position for a minimum of six months. The search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs is currently on hold.

Murdock, a professor of political science, served as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Outreach School from 2001 to spring 2013, when she stepped down to return to the classroom. She was dean of the UW/Casper College Center from 1990 to 2000.

A Wyoming native, Murdock is a graduate of Creighton University (B.A.) and Tufts University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She joined the UW Department of Political Science in 1975, and after two years on the Laramie campus, she moved to the university’s Casper program, where she served on the faculty from 1977 to 2000, teaching both political science and criminal justice courses.