Kansas State University has a new provost and executive vice president, officials announced Wednesday.

Charles Taber, who currently serves as the vice provost for graduate and professional education and dean of the Graduate School at Stony Brook University in New York, has been named to the position. He will assume his new duties on Aug. 15.

Taber's appointment was announced by Kansas State University President Richard Myers.

"Charles Taber is ideally qualified to become the next provost and executive vice president of Kansas State University," Myers said in a news release. "Along with his extensive academic leadership and teaching experience, Dr. Taber brings expertise on two major initiatives facing Kansas State University: strategic enrollment management and budget modernization."

According to the news release, Taber will play an essential role in implementing both initiatives, as the university works to stabilize and build enrollment and adopt a new budget model to address funding challenges facing higher education.

As the higher education landscape continues to evolve, the news release stated, Taber will address and identify opportunities to advance the university's land-grant mission.

"I am excited to be joining the K-State family, especially because of the strong commitment to community," Taber said. "It's easy to see why K-State has been on such a positive trajectory. I am looking forward to working with the leadership team, faculty, staff, and students to tackle our remaining challenges and opportunities. The future is bright at K-State and I am thrilled to be part of it."

As the university's chief academic officer, Taber will report directly to Myers, serving as a close adviser and strategic leader on all aspects of university governance and its academic enterprise. He also will serve as the university's chief executive officer in the president's absence.

According to the news release, Taber will provide strategic oversight for academic planning, resource allocation and innovation in all academic programs while ensuring excellence and relevance in curriculum design. He will focus on the quality of teaching and learning; provide global perspective and strategic direction to manage operating budgets; and enhance the quality of the student experience at all levels.

Taber has served in his current position since 2013. He joined Stony Brook in 1989 as an instructor of political science, earning a promotion to full professor in 2008. He has served in many administrative positions at the university, including associate dean for postdoctoral affairs, dean of the School of Professional Development and interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. At Stony Brook, he has been involved with graduate enrollment management and addressing budget challenges in higher education.

The news release said Taber is a leading scholar in the fields of political psychology and computational modeling, adding that he has more than 50 scholarly publications.

Taber earned his doctorate and master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree in political science from East Tennessee State University.

Taber replaces April Mason, who is leaving the university at the end of June after serving as provost and senior vice president since 2010.