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Campuswide committee will search for next provost

Nov. 6, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A campuswide committee has been appointed by Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn to conduct a national search for the next person to serve as the University's second in command and lead WMU's academic enterprise.

Dunn has appointed a 17-member committee led by Dr. Earlie Washington, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, to help the University identify final candidates for on-campus interviews for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. The group will be assisted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, the same firm that assisted a campus committee in the national search that led to Dunn's selection as president last April.

Washington will convene the committee for its first meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6.

"This is an important search for the University," says Dunn. "The person who serves as provost at a research university like WMU plays a critical role in the daily operations of the institution and will help set direction in our most important function--providing a top-notch educational experience to our students and ensuring their success."

Dunn notes that a number of academic personnel decisions are now held on an interim basis so that the new provost can, working with the president, have a hand in assembling the University's long-term academic leadership team. Those include leadership positions in such areas as enrollment management and research.

The provost position was previously held by Dr. Janet Pisaneschi, who retired at the end of June, just before Dunn began his presidency. In July, Dunn appointed Dr. Bassam Harik to move from his position as vice provost for budget and personnel and take on the duties as interim provost.

"I have enormous confidence in the team we have assembled," Dunn says. "Dr. Washington's group includes representatives of literally every part of the campus and includes students, faculty members and administrators--all who have a vested interest in finding the best person to serve as our next provost."

In addition to Washington, members of the team are:

Rosana Alsaud, an MBA student, representing the Graduate Student Advisory Committee

Dr. James Butterfield, professor of political science

Dr. Barbara Cockrell, associate dean of collections and technical services, University Libraries

Wil Emmert, contract and grant specialist, representing the Administrative Professional Association

Dr. Eileen Evans, vice provost for institutional effectiveness

Dr. Karim Essani, professor of biological sciences

Dr. Kieran Fogarty, associate professor of interdisciplinary health studies

Dr. Terrell Hodge, associate professor of mathematics

Dr. Margaret Joyce, associate professor of paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging

Dr. Joyce Kubiski, interim director of the Frostic School of Art

Dr. Mary Lagerwey, associate professor of nursing, representing the Faculty Senate

Christopher Praedel, a management and political science major, representing the Western Student Association

David Powell, interim dean of the College of Aviation

David Rozelle, associate professor of accountancy

Carrie Soule, office associate in student financial aid, representing the Professional Support Staff Organization

Dr. Paul Wilson, associate professor of special education and literacy.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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