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CMU narrows Provost search down to three finalists, open forums scheduled–third finalist to be named

The three finalists for Central Michigan University’s search for a new provost have impressed the 14-member selection committee and will visit campus in April.

Committee co-chair and Professor of Psychology Tim Hartshorne said the group liked the three finalists’ ideas regarding the central criteria of the job, as well as their own wishes for the position.

“All three candidates have excellent experience, wrote really well crafted and thoughtful applications and the committee found, in meeting with each of them last weekend in Detroit, they presented themselves in a very convincing manner,” Hartshorne said.

The committee will meet with references for each candidate during their visit to campus this month.

Alan White, the first provost candidate, will hold his open forum at 4 p.m. on April 9 in the Ausable Room of the Bovee University Center.

White is the dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at East Carolina University. White also has experience at North Dakota State University and Marshall University.

Karen Schmaling, former vice-chancellor for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Washington State University-Vancouver, will hold her open forum at 4 p.m. on April 18 in the Asauble Room.

Schmaling’s previous experiences include positions at the University of North Carolina, the University of Texas, the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Colorado.

CMU hasn’t announced the third candidate yet but will do so once the third visit is scheduled.

After all three visits, the committee will gather feedback from the campus community and compile the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate.

“We’ll present these (findings) to (University President George Ross), and (he) will make the selection,” Hartshorne said. “The timetable for making a decision is with the president.”

The provost position doubles as executive vice president at CMU. According to the university, the position leads the university’s academic division, including the management of the seven academic colleges and coordination of the senior executive staff.

“I think the job description … gives you in general what we are looking for in a provost,” Hartshorne said. “Beyond that, you will find each committee member might have individual thoughts about what they would like to see – this is the value of a good search committee.”

Provost Gary Shaprio announced in September he will step down following the conclusion of the academic year. He said he has had no hand in the search or selection of his successor.

As provost, Shapiro makes an annual salary of $254,000 and will continue to receive pay during his one-year leave before returning to campus to teach in fall 2014.

It is undetermined what salary Shapiro’s replacement will earn.

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