Madison U. Sowell is the provost (chief academic officer) at Southern Virginia University, where he has responsibility for the faculty and curriculum, the library, the registrar’s office, and the travel study programs.
Dr. Sowell previously served at Brigham Young University as chair of the department of French and Italian, an Alcuin Fellow, a Karl G. Maeser General Education Professor, the Scheuber and Veinz Professor of Humanities and Languages, director of the Honors Program and associate dean of undergraduate education. For three years he lived abroad when he presided over the Italy Milan Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Provost Sowell received his graduate training in romance languages and literatures at Harvard, where he won the Jacoby Prize for scholarship and his department’s prize for outstanding teaching.
The author, editor, and/or translator of a half-dozen books and over one hundred refereed articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews, Dr. Sowell has focused his academic research and teaching primarily on the Italian epic tradition from Dante to Tasso. His hobbies include traveling, farming, and collecting antique books and prints. He is married to Dr. Debra H. Sowell, a dance historian and professor of humanities and theatre at Southern Virginia University. They are the parents of two daughters and have three grandchildren.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976, 1979
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
101 Main Hall office