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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - Page updated at 06:10 PM

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New WSU provost placed on leave

The new provost at Washington State University has been placed on paid personal leave at his request, school officials said.

PULLMAN, Wash. —

The new provost at Washington State University has been placed on paid personal leave at his request, school officials said.

Steven L. Hoch, made the request less than two months after taking the job. No reason was announced.

"No comment," Hoch said when reached at this home Tuesday afternoon.

University spokesman James Tinney said Hoch met with school President Elson S. Floyd on Monday to make his request and it was immediately granted.

The leave is indefinite and Hoch will be paid, Tinney said.

"I have no indication about why it was requested," Tinney said.

Hoch, a historian who specializes in modern Russia, was a dean at the University of Kentucky when he accepted the Washington State position in May. He started work Aug. 1.

Tinney said Hoch's provost duties would be assumed by Warwick Bayly, dean of WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The provost is the university's top academic officer and is in charge of the main campus in Pullman.

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