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ISU to interview four for provost position

ISU to interview four for provost position

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NORMAL - By the end of this semester, Illinois State University should know who will be its next No. 2 leader.

Four candidates competing to be vice president of academic affairs and provost are set to visit campus Nov. 26 to Dec. 7. Each will have a public forum as part of a two-day visit.

All finalists to become ISU provost are external candidates, hailing from universities in Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio and Utah.

The person selected for the job would be one of four vice presidents who serve under President Al Bowman. The provost oversees academic matters on campus and is second in line to Bowman.

John Presley, who became provost in March 2003, announced in January he would step down from that position at the end of 2007. He'll continue teaching at the university.

Presley, who earns a $200,000 annual salary as provost, will hold the rank of full professor of English come Jan. 1, 2008. His salary for that position will be negotiated, said ISU spokesman Jay Groves.

The 15-member search committee will convene following the finalists' visits to discuss whether they'll recommend one of the finalists for the job.

Bowman then could accept their recommendation and seek ISU board of trustees' approval of the hire.

Each candidate will be in Normal for a two-day visit with campus groups. Their schedules will be as follows:

w Nov. 26 and 27 - Gary Kiger, dean and professor of sociology, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University, Logan.

w Nov. 29 and 30 - Sheri Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, chief Academic officer at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

w Dec. 3 and 4 - Donald Nieman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

w Dec. 6 and 7 - Gail Hackett, vice provost and dean, University College, Arizona State University, Phoenix.

Details on each candidate are listed online at

The campus community and general public are invited to attend each candidate's open forum on the first day of each finalist's visit. All open forums will follow a 1:15 p.m. session focused on ISU's strategic plan "Educating Illinois" and will be in the University Galleries in the Center for Visual Arts building.

Illinois State has had quite a bit of turnover in its administration in the last year or so.

Dianne Ashby went from being interim vice president for university advancement to a permanent appointment in May.

Steve Adams is serving as interim vice president for student affairs while ISU prepares a national search to fill that job. His two-year interim term took effect July 1, 2006.

Of ISU's four vice presidents, only Steve Bragg, business and finance, has been in office since before 2003.

At the next level of administration, four of ISU's six academic colleges have interim deans: Charles McGuire in Business; Sara Campbell in the Mennonite College of Nursing; Jim Major in Fine Arts; and Jeff Wood in Applied Science and Technology.


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