Emory Report

 October 13, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 8

The search for a permanent
provost gets underway

Hoping to submit a short list of potential candidates to President Bill Chace by next spring, a provost search committee has convened and gotten the search process underway.

Political science professor Harvey Klehr chairs the committee, and he said the University has contracted with the search firm of Witt, Keifer, Hadelman & Lloyd to assist in the effort. Paula Carabelli, who worked with Emory during the searches for new Emory College Dean Steven Sanderson and Executive Vice President Michael Johns, will be the committee's contact in the search.

Klehr said the committee has met several times and has finalized the ad for the position to be placed in national education publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education. He also said the committee has prepared a letter to faculty explaining where the process is and soliciting possible candidates.

"It's going to be someone from the academic world," Klehr said of the future provost, "but we're pretty open about field and area and particular kind of experience. Obviously we're looking for someone who's had experience with a complicated and significant administrative [organization]. We very much hope people will either nominate themselves or nominate people they think are capable of doing the job, and we're open to somebody at Emory or someone outside Emory."

Klehr said the search committee plans to hold an open meeting sometime in late October to answer any questions-or accept any nominations-the faculty may have. He also said once candidates arrive on campus the committee will hold public meetings to allow faculty to meet them.

The members of the committee are Klehr; Wayne Alexander, medicine; Margaret Dickson, trustee; Rich Freer, law; Brooks Holifield, theology; George Jones, biology; Deborah Lipstadt, religion; Bill Murdy, Oxford; Nancy Newman, medicine; Reynaldo Martorell, public health; and Jag Sheth, business.

Assistant Provost Harriet King, who will be running the administrative side of the search, said she expects applications to begin arriving "any day now."

-Michael Terrazas

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