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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi has named interim provost Noel Wilkin to the post permanently.

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter made the announcement Friday, saying the university chose the 21-year veteran of Ole Miss following a national search. The post oversees academic affairs at the university.

A pharmacy professor, Wilkin was named temporary provost in January after Morris Stocks stepped down to return to his teaching post in the accounting school. Stocks took the position in 2009 under former Chancellor Dan Jones.

The new provost has won three pharmacy school teaching awards and has worked with the provost’s office for nearly 10 years. He’s also won $4 million in research support and served in national roles in pharmacy education.

Wilkin earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.