WMU News

Three candidates for provost visit campus

Feb. 2, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Three candidates for the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs at Western Michigan University will visit the university's Kalamazoo campus beginning Monday, Feb. 7.

Fred Dobney, executive vice president and provost at Michigan Technological University, is the first candidate to visit campus, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8. He will be followed immediately on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 9 and 10, by Glen Hahn Cope, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The final candidate to visit campus, on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17 and 18, is Thomas A. Storch, dean of the College of Science at Marshall University.

Listed below are the public presentation schedules and a brief biography for each candidate. Complete vitae for the candidates are available on reserve in Waldo Library. A limited number of vitae will be available at the public presentations.

In May 1999, Dr. Timothy Light announced that he will step down as WMU provost and vice president of academic affairs effective June 30, 2000. Western Michigan University initiated a national search in October 1999. For additional information, go to the Provost Search Web site <www.wmich.edu/provost/search> or contact Linda Jones in the Office of the President, <linda.jones@wmich.edu> or 616 387-2199.

Candidate visits and public representations

February 7 and 8
Fred Dobney
Executive Vice President and Provost
Michigan Technological University
Public presentation:
Monday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m.
Kirsch Auditorium, Fetzer Center

February 9 and 10
Glen Hahn Cope
Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Illinois at Springfield
Public presentation:
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m.
Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall

February 17 and 18
Thomas A. Storch
Dean of the College of Science
Marshall University
Public presentation:
Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
Brown Auditorium, Schneider Hall

Candidate biographies

Glen Hahn Cope
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1981 (public administration)
M.P.A., Syracuse University, 1972 (public administration)
A.B., The University of Michigan, 1971 (economics)

Since 1996, Dr. Cope has served as professor of Public Administration and dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at The University of Illinois at Springfield. Her previous experience includes serving as associate dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (1991-1996). Prior to her appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Dr. Cope was an associate professor in Public Administration at the American University in Washington, D.C., She has also served as budget analyst and acting budget director of the Michigan Department of Social Services, as program analyst in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget, and as human resources specialist in the Office of Human Resources, Virginia Division of State Planning and Community Affairs.

Dr. Cope's current research interests include state and local government responses to urban fiscal stress, performance budgeting and management in public organizations, innovative management practices in state and local governments and nonprofit organizations, and public administration education. She is active in professional associations and serves as editorial board member for five journals including the Public Administration Review. She received awards in 1982 and 1985 for teaching excellence.

Fredrick John Dobney
Ph.D. Rice University, 1970 (history)
B.A., Baylor University, 1966 (history)

Since 1993, Dr. Dobney has served as professor of Social Sciences and executive vice president and provost of Michigan Technological University. Dr. Dobney has also served as professor of History at Washington State University, Loyola University, and St. Louis University. From 1987-1993 he served as vice provost for Extended University Services at Washington State University. At Loyola University he served as dean of City College, dean of Continuing Education, and director of Special Programs (1981-1986). Dr. Dobney held a number of administrative positions at Saint Louis University: Director of Man, Technology, and Society Program (1973-1980), director of Copper Mountain Summer School Program (1977-1980), and acting associate dean of the Graduate School (1980-1981).

Dr. Dobney currently serves as a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges Commission on Human Resources and Social Change and is on the Board of Directors of Merit Network, Inc. He has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has received over $700,000 in grant support. He has provided service on the MITN Board of Directors for state of Michigan and the Telecommunications Advisory Committee for the state of Washington. His teaching fields include American technology and recent American history with publications involving United States presidential elections. In 1979 he was the recipient of the Adult Education Teacher of the Year Award from the St. Louis Adult Education Council.

Thomas A. Storch
M.S. and Ph.D., University of Michigan (zoology)
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University (pre-medicine)

Since 1994, Dr. Storch has served as professor and dean of the College of Science at Marshall University. At Western Washington University he served as interim dean of Huxley College of Environmental Studies (1992-1994) and as director of the Institute for Watershed Studies (1990-1994). At State University of New York, College at Fredonia, Dr. Storch served as associate dean of Natural and Social Sciences (1987-1990), director of the Environmental Resources Center (1978-1990), and coordinator of the Recombinant Gene Technology Program (1985-1987). He also served in faculty positions at Western Washington University and the State University of New York.

Dr. Storch currently serves on the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and the BASF Community Action Panel. He is an active researcher whose funded research amounts to nearly $4 million in the area of molecular sciences. He also has an extensive publication record in the fields of water quality and nitrogen metabolism. Dr. Storch has taught courses in biology, biotechnology, botany, environmental science, limnology, and zoology.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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