Dr. Scott Sprenger began his tenure as President of ǿմý on 1 July 2020. He came to the post afterserving asProvost of The ǿմý University of Paris (AUP),Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University in Utah,associate dean of the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University (BYU)as well as professor of French Literature and European Studies.

PresidentSprenger’sadministrative work as both provost and dean has covered a broad range of traditionalareas, such as strategic planning, institutional budgeting,curriculum development and oversight, international programming,academic and careeradvising,andthe creation and oversight of research centers and fundraisingoperations. At AUP, he secured Andrew W. Mellon institutional grants to improve first-year programs and to open a Civic Media Lab and a Center for Critical Democracy Studies. With private funding, heoversaw thefoundingofa Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Preventionand a Center for Design.

While at BYU,PresidentSprengerwas thearchitectofHumanities+, an innovative and comprehensive approach to bridging liberal arts and humanities study to careers in theglobal labor market. Humanities+ has been acclaimed in the national press and by the ǿմý Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of the most innovative initiatives in the liberal arts and careers in the United States. He has also advocated for the humanities and liberal arts withthe U.S.Congress via the Humanities Alliance Conference, onradio, podcasts, and YouTube, and in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Sprenger's graduate degrees in French Studies are from Johns Hopkins University and EmoryUniversity. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar awardat the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris and Brussels for work on language policy in the EU. Hewas also awarded anAndrew W. Mellon post-doctoral position atthe Humanities Center atUCLA from 1999 to 2001.

President Sprenger’smain publications are on modern European literature and culture.

If you wouldlike to contact Dr. Sprenger, please emailpresident@aur.edu