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UPDATED: February 21, 2014
The University of Arizona, Eller College of Management is planning a memorial celebration for Keith Provan, titled “A Celebration of a Life Well-Lived.” The memorial will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in the Eller College of Management, McClelland Hall, 208. More details will be posted as they are made available.
It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of my friend and colleague Keith Provan. For the past year Keith had been waging battle with a brain tumor, undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments in an attempt to arrest the cancer. On Sunday morning, February 16, that battle was lost; at home, surrounded by his family, Keith died peacefully.
Keith should be familiar to members of the OMT community, having had a long and highly productive career. He has been on the faculty at the University of Arizona since 1995 after serving on the faculties of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Kentucky. In addition to being a Professor in the Department of Management & Organizations at the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Keith also held joint appointments with the School of Government and Public Policy and the Zuckerman College of Public Health. Since 2007 he has also been a Senior Research Fellow at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
Keith was a gifted and dedicated organizational theorist. His research focused on inter-organizational and network relationships, including network structure, evolution, governance, and effectiveness, especially in the domain of health and human services. He published over 70 academic journal articles and scholarly book chapters over his career both in management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, and Journal of Management Studies, and in public policy journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Administration Review. Keith was a charter member (one of only 33 scholars) of the Academy of Management Journal’s Hall of Fame.
Keith was active in the Academy of Management, where in addition to his involvement with the OMT Division he was a prior officer in both the Health Care Management and Public and Nonprofit Sector divisions. He was active in the European Group for Organization Studies and the Public Management Research Association. He served on the editorial boards of several major journals in management and health care. And most recently he was the Co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.
But beyond the multitude of his professional accomplishments, Keith will be most missed for his wisdom, his wit, and his friendship.
Joseph P. BroschakUniversity of ArizonaTucson, Arizona
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