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Search committee chosen for vice president for student affairs position

Pam Benoit named committee chair

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis has appointed a search committee to replace outgoing Vice President for Student Affairs Kent J. Smith.

Smith was recently chosen as the new president of Langston University in Oklahoma and will officially begin his new position on July 1.

The committee, which will be chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, is charged with identifying the top finalists to succeed Smith. The search committee's work will be supported by The Spelman & Johnson Group, an executive search firm based in Easthampton, Mass., that specializes in student affairs professionals.

In a letter to the Student Affairs staff, McDavis praised Smith for his excellent leadership and wrote, "He (Smith) has challenged your team of talented, dedicated individuals to come together to achieve excellence in support of our students and our entire university community. You have met that challenge and should be very proud of what you have achieved together."

Members of the VPSA search committee include:

Jeff Barbee, graduate student
Peter Mather, associate professor, Patton College of Education
Beth Quitslund, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Jenni Young, Residential Housing
Amy Dean, executive senior associate athletic director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Amelia Shaw, LGBT Commissioner, Student Senate
Kyle Triplett, president, Student Senate
Danielle Parker, student trustee, Board of Trustees
Norman E. "Ned" Dewire, trustee, Board of Trustees
Alfred Weiner, Counseling and Psychological Services
Renee Middleton, dean, Patton College of Education
Char Kopchick, assistant dean of students, Student Affairs

McDavis also wrote that the committee will conduct interactive campus interviews for the finalists and that his goal is to have Smith's replacement in place by June 1, which will eliminate the need for an interim appointment.

More details about the committee's search will be forthcoming in Compass. Questions about the search process should be directed to the Office of the President, 740-593-1804.