Three candidates to be WMU provost visit campus in coming days

Contact: Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Three final candidates for the position of Western Michigan University provost and vice president for academic affairs will visit the campus during the April 19-27 time frame.

Each candidate will spend two days on campus meeting with the president and senior leadership and Faculty Senate leadership, as well as touring the campus and community, meeting students, faculty and staff. Each candidate also will make a public presentation and address questions.

Members of the campus community, particularly those who meet with the candidates or attend the public presentations are being asked to provide feedback via a survey site set up for each candidate. Survey responses will go to the Provost Search Advisory Committee and will be used by the committee to make its final report to WMU President Edward Montgomery. The feedback surveys will close at noon Friday, April 27.

All three of the candidates' the public presentations will be live streamed at This site will contain all three of the provost presentations as they occur. Each presentation will remain active for later review.


Listed below are the three finalists; the days of their scheduled visits; the days, times and locations of their public presentations; and the link to their individual survey sites.

  • Dr. Jennifer P. Bott, The Bryan Dean of the Miller College of Business and professor of management at Ball State University; Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20; public presentation set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in 1910 Sangren Hall; feedback survey link is at
  • Dr. Kevin J. Corcoran, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology at Oakland University; Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25; public presentation set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 1910 Sangren Hall; feedback survey link is
  • Dr. Jerold L. Hale, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of communication at the College of Charleston; Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27; public presentation set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, in 1910 Sangren Hall; link to feedback survey is

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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