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Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce that the national search for our next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs has officially launched. Isaacson Miller has been selected to assist in finding ideal candidates for this very important position.  The Search Advisory Committee that will assist in recommending a strong and diverse pool of candidates has been formed and will be co-chaired by Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Bonita Brown and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Dale Stephenson. Other members of the search advisory committee include:

  • Brooke Buckley, Chair of Chair Council/Chair, Mathematics & Statistics
  • John Farrar, Faculty Senate President/Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Laura Sullivan, Librarian, Steely Library
  • Jose Saavedra Torres, Faculty, Marketing, Sports Business & Construction Management
  • Marius Truta, Faculty, Computer Science
  • Lauren Goodwin, SGA President
  • Teri Vonhandorf, Provost, Gateway Community & Technical College
  • Frank Robinson, Director, Norse Advising
  • Eric Brose, Director, Upward Bound
  • Tim Ferguson, Chief Information Officer
  • Rita Jones, Executive Assistant to the Provost

The search firm will begin meeting with various constituent groups (Cabinet, Deans, Academic Affairs Council, Chairs Council, Faculty Senate, Staff Congress and Student Government Association executive committees) as early as next week and will work to gather as much input as possible to develop a position profile. Screening of prospective candidates will continue through the fall with finalist interviews and on-campus or virtual visits with the campus community to be held in November. We hope that you will engage in this process during the finalist’s visits. Many thanks to the individuals that have agreed to serve on this very important search committee.