Provost Search Update

February 15, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I'm pleased to share that the following people committed to serve the university by engaging on the search committee for the provost and executive vice president: 

Amy Petersen, Professor, Special Education, Co-chair
Kent Johnson, Dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs, Co-chair
Ayah All-Durazi, student
Andy Anderson, Associate Professor, Management
Cara Burnidge, Associate Professor, Philosophy and World Religions
Becky Hawbaker, Assistant Professor, Teaching
Amy Kliegl, Administrative Assistant to the Provost
Chris Larimer, Professor, Political Science
Jesus Lizarraga-Estrada, Associate Director Freshmen Recruitment & Access
Chiquita Loveless, Associate Director for Military and Veteran Student Services
Marty Mark, Chief Information Officer
Christina Roybal, Senior Associate Athletic Director
Shar Self, Department Head and Professor, Economics and Finance
Paul Shand, Department Head and Professor, Physics

The group met this past Friday for their first meeting. It was a great start for the committee.

In order to honor the integrity of the search process and protect potential candidates, the committee members are signing confidentiality statements and will maintain confidentiality around the process. The committee co-chairs or I will provide regular updates via email and on the Web site, which will be announced later this week. If you have questions about the search, please ask one of the co-chairs rather than committee members.

The search calendar was created with my firm belief that the campus community must have the opportunity to meet the finalists. I asked the committee to identify 3 – 5 finalists for campus interviews at the end of April/beginning of May. We will evaluate the COVID-19 situation as we get closer and determine if the interviews will be in person or virtual. Advertising is anticipated to be in place by this Friday, February 19, with priority consideration given to candidates who submit materials by March 26.

Input Opportunities
Last week approximately 100 faculty, staff and students registered for listening sessions with the search consultants to help identify the skills and characteristics needed for our next provost. In addition, 175 responded to the survey sharing similar information. This feedback from the campus community is exceptionally helpful to the advertising and recruitment of potential candidates. The information was provided to the search consultants and search committee. Thank you to those who participated in the process.

The University of Northern Iowa is well positioned to attract quality candidates.

Stay safe and warm,

Mark Nook