University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Campus update: Process and progress of the Provost/VPAA search

Since our last update in November, the VPAA/Provost Search Committee has been hard at work on the search process.  We continue to be grateful for the dedication and time commitment the committee has given to this process.

In mid-November the Committee re-commenced work with its search consultants, William Funk and Associates, and after lengthy discussions decided to take a two pronged approach to the renewed search:  first, it was decided that the Search Committee would re-examine the current pool of candidates; and second, working in conjunction with our consultants, it was decided to seek further nominations and to target highly qualified individuals who had not applied during the first phase of the search.  Throughout the second half of November this two pronged process led to approximately 30 potential candidates being contacted either by the search consultants or by members of the Search Committee.  On November 30 the Search Committee met in order to consider the resulting pool of candidates and decided to conduct video interviews with ten particularly well-qualified candidates on December 7 and 10.  The Committee also agreed to consider the possibility of conducting additional video interviews in the New Year if any additional candidates came forward.  This did indeed happen and an eleventh video interview was conducted on January 3.

As always, the Search Committee worked on the basis of requiring a super majority (66%) of support before any candidate was video interviewed and then once again a similar vote was required before any candidate was offered an on-campus interview.  In order to keep the process moving over the break period when many Committee members were away from campus, the co-chairs were delegated to do reference checks on the finalists and to arrange for additional Lexis-Nexis and criminal background checks on the candidates.  The result of this work has yielded a short list of three exceptionally well-qualified candidates who have agreed to make on-campus visits to UND in January and early February of 2013.

Thomas DiLorenzo, currently the Associate Vice-President for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, will be visiting campus from January 23 to 25.

Ken O’Donnell, currently the Senior Director, Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives and Partnerships, in the California State University Office of the Chancellor, will be visiting campus from January 29 to 31.

John Koropchak, currently Vice-Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be visiting campus from February 4 to 6.

Copies of each candidate’s curriculum vitae and a full listing of their on-campus schedules and public meetings will be made available well in advance of their respective arrivals on campus.  We will be following similar schedules and utilizing the same processes that were utilized with the first group of candidates, including an open campus forum.  As always, the Search Committee will be seeking as much feedback on each candidate as is possible, so we encourage faculty, staff, and students to participate in the various meetings and to fill out the candidate feedback forms that will be made available electronically.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We are very optimistic about these excellent candidates and remain committed to finding the best candidate for this important position at UND.  Thank you for your support.

Lori Reesor and Jim Mochoruk, Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee