Executive vice president and chief academic officer search committee appointed St. Thomas Newsroom September 16, 2008 Executive vice president and chief academic officer search committee appointed This academic year the University of St. Thomas will undertake a national search to select a new executive vice president and chief academic officer. The following community members have been asked to participate in the search committee: Dr. John Abraham, Engineering Dr. Angie Barretta-Herman, Academic Affairs Britney Bryant, undergraduate student Jane Canney, Student Affairs Dr. Corrine Carvalho, Theology Edna Comedy, Human Resources Dr. Nancy Hartung, Biology Stephen Hoeppner, Development Dr. Marisa Kelly, College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Lorman Lundsten, Marketing Thomas Mengler, School of Law Dr. Bhabani Misra, Software Engineering Dr. Michael Naughton, John A. Ryan Institute Dr. Agapitos Papagapitos, Economics Dr. Christopher Puto, Opus College of Business Jessica Rosenberger, graduate student Dr. Ann Ryan, School of Education The committee will be responsible for solicitation of applicants, screening of candidates, leadership in on-campus interviews and advising on the suitability of finalists for the position. I have asked Dr. Susan Alexander, executive adviser to the president, to chair the committee. I would like the broadest possible participation in this process, from solicitation of applicants to comments on finalists. The successful candidate will have broad responsibility for the quality and vitality of the university’s academic life and programs. Focus on academic mission, vision and goals will be necessary for the person to lead the academic planning process, to guide the development of faculty in teaching and scholarship and to maintain and enhance the quality of the university. It also is my hope that the person chosen will foster community and cohesiveness across our university. My expectation is to secure a new executive vice president and chief academic officer by the end of spring semester in 2009. During this academic year, I am grateful for the strong leadership of Dr. Susan Huber, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer.