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Provost search moves into high gear

Jan. 23, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's search for a new provost is moving quickly along, with more than 40 nominations in the hands of the search committee even before the position was advertised during January in national higher education media outlets.

"We're very pleased at the response so far, and in the coming weeks, we expect to have twice that number of names to consider," says Dr. Earlie Washington, dean of the College of Health and Human Services and chair of the 17-member search committee.

Washington says she and her committee members still want to encourage people to make any additional nominations they have by going to the Provost Search Web site and locating the e-mail address in the middle of the page that goes directly to Bryan Hanson of Parker Executive Search of Atlanta. That firm is assisting WMU in the search, and the names of nominees may be sent to Hanson for inclusion in the candidate pool.

During January, Washington notes, the provost position was advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education and Hispanic Outlook, as well as on the careers and jobs sections of the Science and Nature Web sites.

"Once we have the results from that advertising and any additional nominations, we expect the search to move rapidly," says Washington. "The search firm has indicated we're in a very good position right now, especially in light of the holiday interruption to the process."

Additional details about the provost search process can be found at www.wmich.edu/provostsearch.

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

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