UNCG Campus Weekly

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The qualities of our next provost?

Photo from Oct. 16 Faculty Senate forumThis UNCG provost search is critically important to our future, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. We need someone who’s an experienced leader. Someone who will engage with all of us as well as with those beyond the campus. It goes beyond being a chief academic officer – the person will ensure Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Research and Engagement are integrated on our campus. The chancellor spoke on many other qualities, but most of the time at the forum was reserved for comments and suggestions from those assembled.

Dr. Patti Sink, Faculty Senate chair, had opened the Oct. 16 Faculty Senate forum by introducing Chancellor Linda P. Brady and the co-chairs of the Provost Search Committee, Dr. Randolph Rasch and Dr. Stanley Faeth (l-r at podium in visual). The search committee, listed in a recent CW, sat facing those in Virginia Dare Room.

Sink asked the first question of those assembled: What characteristics are we looking for? There were a variety of responses.

Dr. Joy Bhadury on the committee asked everyone to name one characteristic that would put them off. The responses were written down.

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom asked everyone what interview question is a great one to include, to help you really learn something about the person.

Some news from the forum:

  • This will be an open search, Brady said. Once a group of 3-4 finalists for the position of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor are identified, those finalists will have campus visits. There will be an opportunity for an open forum with each of those candidates.
  • UNCG will engage a nationally recognized search firm for this important search. Six proposals from firms have been received, the chancellor said.
  • In February, about eight finalists for the provost position will be determined. By late March, that list will be narrowed and 3-4 finalists will visit campus. The goal is to make an announcement by Spring Commencement.
  • There will be a website; it is being designed now. It will be a vehicle to provide updates on process and to solicit input.
  • Once several finalists are selected in the spring, the schedule of their campus visits and CVs will be posted at that web site.

By Mike Harris