Montana State University

Four finalists to interview for provost of MSU's Bozeman campus

September 3, 2010 -- By MSU News Service

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Four educators from around the country have been selected as finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University's Bozeman campus.

Each finalist will visit campus for two days during September to meet with faculty, students, staff and administrators. Each candidate will also present at campus and public forums.

Douglas Steele, MSU's vice provost and director of MSU Extension who serves as chairman of the provost search advisory committee, said the finalists for MSU's chief academic officer on the Bozeman campus represent a broad range of disciplines and deep educational experience. They are:

  • Martha Potvin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology at the University of North Dakota. She will visit on Sept. 13-14 with a campus forum at 1:30 p.m. and a public forum scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, both in the Foundation Great Room.
  • Kevin Carman, dean of Louisiana State University's College of Basic Sciences and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He will visit on Sept. 15-16. His campus forum is at 1:30 p.m. and public forum at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, both in SUB room 233.
  • Jeff Wright, co-director of the Computer and Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California and former dean of engineering at the UC, Merced. Wright will visit Sept. 20-21. His campus forum is at 1:30 p.m. and his public forum at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, both in SUB 235.
  • Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University. Woods will visit the Bozeman campus on Sept. 23-24. Her campus forum is at 1:30 p.m. and her community forum is at 4:30 pm. on Sept. 23, both in SUB 235.

Steele said the quality of the four finalists is a testament to work being done at MSU and its new president, Waded Cruzado.

"The search advisory committee was pleased with the response to our national recruitment efforts for the provost position," Steele said. "The four individuals who have accepted our invitation to interview have exemplary academic and administrative achievements. We look forward to their visits with the campus community and Bozeman area."

Steele is the chairman of a 21-member search advisory committee composed of representatives from throughout the MSU system. The committee conducted the search with the assistance of Bill Franklin and Julie Tea of Academic Search, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. The new provost will succeed Joe Fedock who has served in an interim capacity since David Dooley departed MSU last year to assume the presidency at the University of Rhode Island.

Douglas Steele (406) 994-1750, dsteele@montana.edu