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President's Message | Archive

April 2, 2008

TO: Campus Community
FROM Neil Kerwin, President
Robert Griffith, Professor and Chair, Department of History
SUBJECT: Provost Search Update


We are writing to update you on the search for provost. As you know, the search

began in late November and early December, with announcements in the
Chronicle of Higher Education and many other publications. We selected a
search consultant (Witt/Kieffer) and met with various campus constituencies to
discuss the search process and seek advice. We received more than 100
applications and nominations. Following careful review, 11 candidates were
invited to meet with both the search committee and President Kerwin.

Based on these interviews, four candidates have been invited to visit the campus.

  • April 10–11: Scott A. Bass, vice president for research and dean of the
    graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • April 14–15: Ivy Broder, interim provost, American University
  • April 15–16: Robert J. Thompson Jr., dean, Trinity College, Duke
  • April 17–18: Charles A. Johnson, dean of liberal arts, Texas A&M

Details of the individual visits will be posted shortly. Faculty, students, staff, and
administrators will have an opportunity to meet with each candidate, both in small
groups and in an open meeting with the campus community.
Each candidate’s curriculum vitae is password protected and accessible to
campus community members via the portal. To view the candidate CVs, go to and log in. Select the Academics section, go to Personalized
Links, and click on Provost Search: Candidate Information. Each name is the link
to a candidate’s CV.

We strongly encourage the active participation of all members of the AU
community at this critically important point in the search. We urge you to review
each candidate’s credentials, attend meetings at which they will be present, and,
above all, communicate your recommendations to committee members. Response
sheets will be available at the various meetings, but you are also encouraged to
communicate directly with members of the search committee, whose names and
email addresses may be found on the Provost Search Web site.

April 2, 2008 10:09 AM


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