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."
Potvin is in her 10th year as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota. She began her career as a biology professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. During her 16 years at that institution she taught population biology, plant systematics, plant communities, wetlands and field botany while rising through the ranks to become interim dean of the university's graduate studies and extended education. She joined the UND in 2001, also increasing her administrative responsibilities during her years there. She became dean of the university's largest college, which excels in teaching sciences and is also the major provider of liberal arts courses at the university. She has served as UND's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for one year. Potvin has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska in ecology and evolutionary biology. Potvin is president-elect of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, a national organization of about 1600 deans, associate deans, and assistant deans in the liberal arts from about 450 degree-granting institutions. To read more about Potvin, see: http://www.montana.edu/provostsearch/documents/resume-potvin.pdf
Carman has taught at LSU's Department of Biological Sciences for more than 20 years, serving as dean of the recently re-named College of Basic Sciences (former College of Science) for more than six years. An active researcher, Carman's research interests are microbes and small invertebrates that inhabit marine and aquatic bottom habitats. His work focuses on the effects of contaminants such as hydrocarbons, metals and carbon dioxide on invertebrates and microbes in salt water marshes, streams and the sea. He has received grants from a number of institutions including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation and has published 55 articles in professional journals and books. Carman says that he is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and cultivating educational and research synergies across all academic programs. Carman holds a bachelor's degree in biology from McPherson College and both a master's and doctorate in Biological Oceanography from Florida State University. He began his educational career as a postdoctoral researcher in the LSU Department of Zoology and Physiology in 1989. Carman is a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Meiobenthologists. To read more about Carman see: http://www.montana.edu/provostsearch/documents/resume-carman.pdf
Wright is a professor, researcher and administrator with an engineering and technology background who has experience at two land-grant institutions. He was at Purdue for 20 years before helping to launch the new University of California campus at Merced, where he has been for the past 10 years. The founding dean of the UC Merced School of Engineering, Wright was also the interim dean of the college responsible for general education as well as interim dean of the UC Merced Energy Research Institute. Wright has served since 2001 as the co-director of CITRIS, a research partnership based at UC Berkeley and comprised of faculty at UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz. He leads a team of faculty and students in the design and development of a state-of-the-art computer teaching facility. Wright holds bachelor's degrees in both social psychology and civil engineering from the University of Washington, as well as a master's degree in civil engineering from UW. His doctorate in engineering is from Johns Hopkins. He began his career at UW before joining Purdue in 1982 as an assistant professor in civil engineering. He was an associate dean at Purdue before leaving for UC Merced in 2001. While at Purdue, he served as the director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center for 12 years. More about Wright can be found at: http://www.montana.edu/provostsearch/documents/resume-wright.pdf
Woods is an administrator, educator and researcher who points to increasing enrollment and academic performance while she has been dean of the CSU College of Engineering. Woods has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Michigan State University. She also holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Washington. Woods began her career in industry, serving as a consultant for General Electric and as an engineer for firms in Seattle and in Michigan. Her academic career began in 1984 when she joined Oregon State University as an assistant professor of civil engineering. During her 16 years at OSU, Woods served as interim dean of Distance and Continuing Education and faculty associate to the provost. She joined CSU in 2001 as professor and head of the civil and environmental engineering department. She has also served as CSU's interim vice provost for faculty affairs and interim vice provost for special projects. In that role she had responsibilities for CSU's Graduate School, Office of International Programs and Division of Distance and Continuing Education. She was promoted to dean in 2006. She is the recipient of engineering awards in both Colorado and Oregon and teaching awards at OSU. She received a NSF Presidential Young Investigator in Engineering award in 1985 and holds a patent for a biofilm reactor. To read more about Woods, see: http://www.montana.edu/provostsearch/documents/resume-woods.pdf
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, email@example.com