The top three candidates for the position of executive vice president and provost will visit the Athens campus in the next few weeks for additional interviews and the opportunity to interact with the university community, according to the chair of the search committee.
Professsor Tadeusz Malinski said committee members were pleased to start the selection process with a strong and diverse set of applications. A round of airport interviews with candidates in early April further narrowed the field, he said.
"We had a diverse pool of excellent candidates to work with," said Malinski, who also is chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "But we consider these three very strong and a good fit for what we want."
President Roderick J. McDavis formed the 14-member search committee earlier this year to find a successor to Kathy A. Krendl, who announced in December that she would step down as executive vice president and provost on June 30, 2009, to assume the presidency of Otterbein College, a private liberal arts school of about 3,100 students in Westerville, Ohio.
As the university's top academic officer, the executive vice president and provost is responsible for the implementation of the university's academic plan, the advancement of the academic mission, and the continuous improvement of the quality of the academic experience at Ohio University. He or she also is responsible for overseeing enrollment management and student success as well as enhancing academic research, scholarship, and creative activity and the diversity of the institution.
The successful candidate, according the position posting on the Office of the President's Web site, will demonstrate -- among other things -- significant administrative achievement, intellectual leadership, clear and collegial communication skills, and a commitment to shared governance, diversity, teaching excellence, and research and creative activity. He or she also must demonstrate success in developing and overseeing all types of financial resources.
In alphabetical order, the three candidates are:
- Pam Benoit, vice provost for advanced studies and dean of the Graduate School, University of Missouri. Benoit received her doctorate in communication from Wayne State University in Detroit. Benoit will visit Ohio University May 6.
- Susan Carlson, associate provost for faculty advancement and diversity, Iowa State University. Carlson received her doctorate in English from the University of Oregon. Carlson's visit is scheduled for May 4.
- Nat Frazer, dean of the College of Natural Resources, Utah State University. Frazer received his doctorate in ecology at the University of Georgia. Frazer is scheduled for May 8.
While in Athens, finalists will meet with faculty, student and staff constituent groups, academic deans, members of the Office of the Provost and the president and his executive staff.
In addition to meetings with university constituent groups, each candidate also will appear at an hour-long open forum. Search committee members will collect feedback after the meetings and plan to issue their report to the president by May 10, Malinski said.
The preferred starting date for the selected candidate is July 1, 2009.
Baker and Associates LLC of Winton-Salem, N.C., assisted the search committee in its work.