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Provost search committee schedules campus forums

Nov. 15, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Members of the Western Michigan University campus community will have three opportunities Monday, Nov. 19, to meet with the Provost Search Committee and provide input on the qualities needed in the University's next provost.

Hour-long public forums are set for 10 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. that day in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center to allow community members to offer their views to search committee members on what qualities and characteristics are needed for a provost to be successful at WMU.

The national search for WMU's next provost and vice president for academic affairs has just gotten under way, with Dr. Earlie Washington, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, leading a 17-member search committee appointed by WMU President John M. Dunn. The committee is being assisted in its work by Parker Executive Search, a firm from Atlanta that also assisted the campus in the search that led to the selection of Dunn last April as WMU's eight president.

"As a committee, we encourage participation from the entire university," says Washington. "To this end, we have developed several mechanisms to solicit input and comments throughout the process."

In addition to the forums, a Web site has been set up to provide information on the search process and offer a means of contacting the search committee. That site can be found at www.wmich.edu/provostsearch.

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

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