Finalists for vice president for research and dean of graduate studies announced

The search for the new vice president for research and dean of graduate studies is down to two candidates.

Claudia Douglass, CMU Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness, and the 10-member search committee has narrowed its choices to David Ash, interim vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, and Gregory Hand, West Virginia University special assistant to the vice president for health sciences.

According to the CMU website, each candidate will be on campus for interviews and an open forum.

Ash will conduct his open forum Jan. 9 and Hand on Jan. 18. The forums are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium.

Douglass stated in an email to Central Michigan Life that if campus interviews go well, she anticipates an offer being made to one of the candidates in late January or early February.

The website states the candidate selected for the position "will foster research collaboration among CMU faculty and staff and between CMU and appropriate external entities." The person will manage internal grant programs and other investments and work across the academic division to improve research at CMU.

Forums will be recorded and be available on the Office of the Provost website until the completion of the search. A form will be available to provide feedback on each candidate.

CMU announced on Dec. 6 that a candidate screening was underway for nine initial candidates.

Ash has filled the position on an interim basis, taking over for former interim dean Roger Coles, who is currently the interim associate vice provost for community engagement.


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