CMU narrows down provost search to three candidates, open forums scheduled for April

Central Michigan University announced Thursday it has narrowed its search for Provost Gary Shaprio's successor down to three candidates.

Open forums and interviews will take place throughout the month of April.

The first candidate to have a scheduled open forum is Alan White, the dean of the Thomas Harrior College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology at East Carolina State University, where he has served for eight years.

White also has experience at North Dakota State University and Marshall University. His open forums are scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 9 in the Ausable Room of the Bovee University center.

The second candidate is Karen Schmaling, who previously held an executive level position and taught psychology at Washington State University. Additionally, Schmaling has worked at the University of North Carolina, the University of Texas, the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Colorado.

Schmaling’s open forum is scheduled for April 18 at 4 p.m. in the Ausable Room of the Bovee UC.

An open forum for the third finalist are still in the process of being arranged. CMU did not disclose the candidate's name.

The finalists were selected following a search that began last year with the help of Parker Executive Search. The Atlanta-based firm has had experience in helping find candidates for upper-level positions at many major universities, including head football coaches at both Georgia State and North Carolina State Universities.

As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Shapiro will be retiring from the provost position. After taking a year off, he will return to teaching in 2014.

The position of provost 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.

As provost, Shapiro makes an annual salary of $254,000 and will continue to receive pay during his one-year leave before returning to teaching. It is unclear what salary his replacement will receive.


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