As Provost, Dr. Mohammed Khayum serves as the chief executive officer in the absence of the president, is the chief academic officer, and provides administrative leadership and oversight for all academic components of the University, including the division of Outreach & Engagement and the Center for International Programs. Prior to his service as the interim provost, Dr. Khayum served as the dean of USI's Romain College of Business since 2006. He first joined the USI faculty in 1991, and has served as a professor, department chair, and associate dean.
During the 12 years that Dr. Khayum served as dean, he has twice led the extension of the College's business and accounting accreditations, from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2008 and 2014, oversaw the creation of an accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, and worked to establish the Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Series.
As a faculty member, Dr. Khayum has taught courses on global economic issues, statistics, micro-and macroeconomics, and forecasting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been published in multiple academic journals and has conducted economic impact studies and forecasts for the University, and various businesses and non-profit organizations in the southwest Indiana region.
Dr. Khayum received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Guyana, and his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Temple University in Pennsylvania.