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Provost and Senior Vice President Search

February 2 , 2013

To: University of Vermont Community
From: Tom Sullivan, President

Re: Provost and Senior Vice President Search

In November 2012, plans were announced to initiate a national search for permanent Provost and Senior Vice President. Since then we have been steadily working through the process of initiating the search. I am very pleased that Professor Abu Rizvi, Dean of the Honors College, has agreed to serve as chair of the search committee and that Professor Rachel Johnson, The Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor, has agreed to serve as Vice Chair.

A Faculty Panel elected by faculty per the University Manual (Section 202.3.3) met last week and selected four representatives to the search committee. The Staff Council, the Student Government Association, and the Graduate Student Senate have provided excellent nominations from which I have appointed additional search committee members.

In keeping with the guidelines set forth in the University Manual, I have appointed additional search committee members from across the campus, including two faculty who were elected by their colleagues to the Faculty Panel and two additional faculty members (bringing to eight the number of faculty elected to the faculty panel and appointed to the search committee in addition to the Chair and Vice Chair). Below is a list of the members of the search committee. I deeply appreciate the willingness of these individuals to serve on the search committee and look forward to working with them through a process. I will charge the search committee on February 6. The intent is to bring finalists to the campus for interviews in late April and early May.

I encourage all members of the University to be proactive in assisting the Search Committee in identifying highly qualified and outstanding candidates for consideration. Please forward your recommendations to either Dr. Abu Rizvi or Dr. Rachel Johnson for consideration.

As chief academic and budget officer, the next Provost will play an indispensable role working with all of us to sustain and build on our many successes and accomplishments and to advance the strategic action plan designed to secure the continued success and advancement of our University. I am confident that we will find an accomplished scholar of distinction, an inspirational and collaborative leader and an outstanding individual to take up this exciting opportunity for academic leadership at UVM.

Provost and Senior Vice President Search Committee, Spring 2013

Abu Rizvi, PhD, Search Committee Chair, Professor of Economics, Dean of the Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences

Rachel Johnson, PhD, Search Committee Vice Chair, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Emily Bernard, PhD, Associate Professor of English and ALANA and U.S. Ethnic Studies

Breck Bowden, PhD, Patrick Professor of Watershed Science & Planning, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources

Johanna Brabham, Manager Residential Life and Davis Center, Custodial Services

Alberto Citarella, University Budget Director

Judy Cohen, PhD, Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Connor Daley, President of the Student Government, Junior, College of Arts and Sciences

Wanda Heading-Grant, EdD, Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Multi-Cultural Affairs

Christopher Lucier, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Thomas Noordeweir, PhD, Professor of Business, School of Business Administration

Polly Parsons, MD, E. L. Amidon Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine

George Pinder, PhD, Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Kelly Swindlehurst, President of the Graduate Student Senate, Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Jill Tarule, EdD, Professor of Educational Leadership and Human Development, College of Education and Social Services

Andre-Denis Wright, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Chair of the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Steven Zdatny, PhD, Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

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