I would like to update you on the progress of the search for the vice president for academic affairs. As you know, last year’s search process was not successful. Dr. Susan Alexander graciously agreed to continue as the interim vice president until a new vice president is hired. The members of the search committee (see below) also agreed to continue in their role.
The search committee met on Sept. 15 to review application materials from candidates who applied since the position announcement was reposted last spring. During the course of the meeting, a question was raised: should the position of the vice president for academic affairs be restructured given the changes the institution has undergone in recent years with the establishment of colleges and schools? The search committee did not reach a conclusion on this question, but agreed that it was worthy of consideration.
I took the question to the President’s Staff and to the Executive Vice President’s Cabinet for discussion. Dr. Janice Raffield, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee and a search committee member, brought the question to the FAC and to the University Senate. The result of these conversations is that a significant groundswell of opinion recommending a change in structure has not emerged.
The search committee met again on Sept. 29. After further discussion of this issue, the committee agreed that a change is not warranted at this time. Therefore, the search process will move forward.
Three candidates have been selected for on-campus interviews. I anticipate these interviews will take place in early to mid November. As soon as the details regarding dates and schedules are finalized, the information will be published to allow members of the St. Thomas community sufficient lead time to put these dates into your schedules.
Members of the search committee: