- October 1, 2010 - Potvin Named MSU’s Next Provost
- September 24, 2010 - Public Forums of Finalists for MSU Provost
- September 3, 2010 - Finalists for MSU Provost Selected
- July 12, 2010 - Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Search Update
- June 21, 2010 - Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Update
- June 7, 2010 - Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Update
- April 28, 2010 - Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Update
Dr. Martha Potvin named MSU's next provost
Martha Potvin has accepted an offer to be Montana State University's next provost and vice president for academic affairs, MSU officials announced today. She plans to assume the position in January.
For more on this story, visit: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=8879
Dear members of the MSU community:
It is with a great deal of pleasure that I report that the Provost Search Advisory Committee has selected four finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University's Bozeman campus.
As you will see, the finalists for the position of MSU's chief academic officer represent a broad range of disciplines and deep educational experience. Each finalist will visit campus for two days between Sept.
13-24. Each will make presentations at campus and public forums and will meet with faculty, students, staff and administrators.
The finalists, and the dates they will be visiting campus, are:
Martha Potvin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology at the University of North Dakota. She will visit MSU in Bozeman 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. To learn more about Dr. Potvin, go to:
- Names and resumes of other candidates have been removed
The search advisory committee was pleased with the response to our national recruitment efforts for the provost position. 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, and encourage you to attend their forums and meet them all.
Thank you all for your continued interest and support.
For more on this story, visit http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=8756
I am pleased to report that the search for MSU Bozeman's next Provost & VPAA is progressing on schedule. The Search Advisory Committee recently met and began the multi-stage vetting process to identify candidates whose backgrounds and experiences seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for our provostship. The committee faced difficult choices as it reviewed the applications of a large, diverse and highly talented pool of academic leaders.
The committee will meet again in a few weeks to conduct another level of evaluation and select a small number of semi-finalists for confidential preliminary interviews with members of the search committee. Shortly after completion of these preliminary interviews, the committee will review with President Cruzado its assessment of the semi-finalists. The president will then authorize the search committee to extend formal invitations for campus interviews for identified candidates that will include extensive conversations with a broad range of constituents. We will notify you of the specific dates and times of these visits as soon as they are scheduled.
We are very pleased with the progress of the committee's work to date and excited about the ultimate outcome of the search process. If you have any questions, please direct them to me at email@example.com or to our consultants, Dr. Bill Franklin and Ms. Julie Tea, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Julie.Tea@academic-search.com, respectively.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
This is another in a series of informational memos intended to update you on the work of the Provost Search Advisory Committee.
The committee members met recently to review our progress and initiate the systematic review of applications. This initial review, the first of several stages in the candidate vetting process, will continue until shortly after the July 6 deadline for applications. Now that the prospectus has been announced nationally we are beginning to receive inquiries and nominations for the position.
The multi-faceted approach of building a robust and diverse pool of highly qualified candidates continues in earnest. We ask again for your help in identifying promising prospects or people who might be able to suggest such prospects. Please contact our consultants, Dr. Bill Franklin and Ms. Julie Tea, at email@example.com and Julie.Tea@academic-search.com, with names and additional contact information related to any potential candidates. The nominations and suggestions that we receive from those closest to our university may be among the most meaningful in the process of candidate generation.
The committee will meet again in July to evaluate our progress and begin reducing the pool of applicants to a smaller group for further review and evaluation. At this time we anticipate receiving candidate permission to begin reference checks and presenting a list of potential candidates to President Cruzado for neutral site interviews.
On behalf of the search committee, I will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the process. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions you may have. Be assured that we will treat all information from you in total confidence.
The search prospectus continues to be available for your review at: www.montana.edu/provostsearch.
Thank you for your interest and support.
I write with an update on the progress and plans regarding the search for MSU Bozeman's next Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and a request for your ongoing involvement in our efforts. The search advisory committee members recently completed the search prospectus with the assistance of our executive search consultants Bill Franklin and Julie Tea. The search prospectus is a valuable tool that will be used to solicit nominations and recruit candidates nationally. We invite you to review the finalized copy which is available on the University's Web site at http://www.montana.edu/provostsearch/.
As you review the search prospectus, please pay particular attention to the attributes most highly desired in the next Provost & VPAA. I urge you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively in this important position, or those you think might know of potential candidates. Please forward their names to me (email@example.com), Bill Franklin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie Tea (Julie.Tea@academic-search.com), as well as any advice you have on the best way to approach the individuals. Our committee is well aware that the success of our search depends on the involvement of all members of the MSU Bozeman community. All names and information will be treated with full confidentiality. The next several weeks will be devoted to building a robust and diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.
The search is off to a good start. The next meeting of the advisory committee will be on June 18th, at which time we will participate in a workshop on accessing and evaluating candidate applications. While we are entering a somewhat "quiet" period as we recruit candidates for the position, I will provide updates as we enter subsequent stages of the process. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with questions you may have. Thank you again for your interest and support.
As the semester quickly comes to a close I write to provide the MSU campus community with an update on the plans for the search for the University's next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as a request for your ongoing involvement in our efforts.
Our search consultants, Dr. Bill Franklin and Ms. Julie Tea of Academic Search, Inc., visited campus last week to meet with the search committee and to conduct the important pre-search study. On behalf of the search committee, I offer thanks to the many MSU community members who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with the consultants to register their views about the institution's future. Your input will be invaluable as our consultants draft the important search profile for the search committee's review and approval. This crucial document will outline key institutional needs and priorities and propose a related set of desired attributes and skill sets to guide the search process. It will serve as the primary informational piece to be used in generating the candidate pool.
Next week we will launch a Provost Search Website to provide the campus community with easy access to updates and relevant background information about the search process. We expect to complete the search profile before the end of May, at which time we will share it directly with you and post it on the website.
What an exciting time in the life of Montana State University with the many end of semester activities and celebrations, commencement and the search for a new Provost. Please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. I will be writing to you again soon with additional updates on the search.