It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our 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 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 and 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 in the Netherlands.
Keith was a leader in bridging the fields of organizational theory and health care management. He collaborated on numerous grants with colleagues in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health. He was also the founder and co-director of the Center for Management Innovations in Health Care. Through this center, Keith helped establish an undergraduate certificate and an MBA concentration in health care management. He was also instrumental in founding and serving on the board of the Arizona Health Care Leadership Academy, a nonprofit collaboration between the Eller College of Management, the College of Nursing, and the Arizona Nurses Association. For a decade, the Academy has provided two tiers of leadership training to hundreds of nurses and other health care professionals.
Keith was also 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.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is planning a memorial celebration for Keith Provan: A Celebration of a Life Well-Lived. The memorial will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in McClelland Hall Room 208. (View map and directions.)
If you wish to make a donation in Keith’s memory, the family has requested that these donations be directed to the “Keith Provan Memorial Fund for Management Innovations in Health Care”. Please make checks payable to the “UA Foundation/Keith Provan Memorial Fund for Management Innovations in Health Care” and mailed to:
UA Eller College of Management
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721
Or click the link below and donate directly to this fund securely online. Thank you.