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NORMAL — No current Illinois State University staff members are among the four finalists for vice president of academic affairs and provost announced by the university on Wednesday.

Public forums for each candidate will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 13 and 14 in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. The finalists and the dates for their forums are:

  • Risa Dickson, professor in the College of Education in the University of Hawaii System, where she was recently vice president for academic planning and policy, Feb. 8.
  • Steve Everett, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Feb. 9.
  • Rodney Hanley, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 13.
  • Lynda Brown-Wright, professor of psychology at Kentucky State University, Bowling Green, where she was recently vice president for academic affairs, Feb. 14.

Jan Murphy has been ISU's interim vice president for academic affairs and provost since January 2017. She stepped in after Janet Krejci left the position to become dean of nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where she had spent 20 years as a faculty member and administrator before coming to ISU in 2009.

While serving as vice president for academic planning and policy from February 2015 to mid-2017, Dickson implemented enrollment management and distance learning plan and created a financial aid office for the state system. She has a doctorate in interpersonal and organizational communications from the University of Southern California.

Everett has been in his current position at UIC since 2013 and developed the university's first hybrid and online courses. He also has expanded international partnerships and agreements with community colleges. He has a doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hanley has developed new majors and worked on agreements with international universities while serving in his current position since September 2014. He also has worked extensively on strategic planning and developing new online course strategies. He has a doctorate in biology from the University of Kansas. He also is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

Brown-Wright was vice president at Kentucky State University from 2015 to 2016. She provided leadership to develop a new student success model to improve graduation and retention rates and also was involved in development of a successful accelerated learning model in math and science. She has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M.


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