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Provost search moves forward

Dec. 10, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The search for Western Michigan University's next provost and vice president for academic affairs has moved into high gear with the development and posting of a position description and a call for nominations issued by a campus committee charged with playing an advisory role in the search.

"Individuals seeking the provost position will find the University ready for change led by a chief academic officer who brings positive, collaborative leadership," says the opening language in the position description developed by a 17-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The group began its work on the search nearly a month ago.

In early November, WMU President John M. Dunn appointed the committee led by Dr. Earlie Washington, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, to help the University identify final candidates for on-campus interviews for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. The group is assisted by Parker Executive Search of Atlanta.

The committee has drawn up a detailed position description that includes information on the opportunities the next provost will enjoy, the desired qualifications for the job and a list of the essential qualities the University expects to find in the successful candidate for the position.

"The committee also invites nominations from the University community," says Washington. "We want people to simply suggest the names of individuals or make more complete nominations by sending that information directly to the search firm."

Nominations can be made directly to the search firm by sending e-mail to Parker Executive Search's Laurie C. Wilder and Bryan Hanson at bhanson@parkersearch.com. Additional information about the search firm, the position description and an updated profile of the University and the local community can be found online at www.wmich.edu/provostsearch. The site also includes a committee roster and information about how to contact the committee.

The provost position was previously held by Dr. Janet Pisaneschi, who retired at the end of June, just before Dunn began his presidency. In July, Dunn appointed Dr. Bassam Harik to move from his position as vice provost for budget and personnel and take on the duties as interim provost.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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