New website details latest developments in search for provost

Contact: Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The search for Western Michigan University's next provost and vice president for academic affairs is now fully underway, with a search firm in place and a new website recently unveiled to detail the process.

Parker Executive Search has been selected as a consultant to aid the faculty-led search advisory committee in identifying and screening candidates. The search advisory committee has held several meetings and is now actively soliciting insights and input from the university community to help craft a profile for the next provost.

Insights from campus community members may initially be provided by visiting the website designed as a portal for information about the search. It can be found at

"The insights we are seeking will hopefully come from across all levels of the university, and these will be critical for us to move forward," observes Dr. John Jellies, professor of biological sciences, who is the chair of the search committee.

The website includes the names of the committee's 14 members, the committee's charge from WMU President Edward Montgomery and an online form to be used to provide feedback on the qualities needed by the next provost. That feedback will be used to develop a position profile.

In addition to the website, there will be four informational listening sessions scheduled in the Bernhard Center over a two-day period in early January. Any member of the university community may attend. The sessions will take place:

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 157-158 Bernhard Center
  • Friday, Jan. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. in 210 Bernhard Center

Search committee members will be present at all four sessions to invite input and insights as well as answer questions. Nominations and applications will be accepted once the position profile has been finalized in mid-January.

The successful candidate will replace Dr. Timothy Greene, who served as WMU provost for nine years before stepping down last summer to return to the faculty. Dr. Susan Stapleton is currently serving in the position of interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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