Emory Report

August 28, 2000

 Volume 53, No. 1

Four Campus Life VP finalists on campus

By Michael Terrazas

The search committee charged with finding a successor to former Vice President for Campus Life Frances Lucas-Tauchar has narrowed its list of candidates to four and will make these finalists available to the Emory community in the coming weeks.

The four finalists are F. Javier Cevallos from the University of Masschusetts; Cynthia Cherrey from the University of Southern California; John Ford from Cornell University; and Howard Rollins from Emory.

"This group represents those few, from among an amazing pool of applicants and semifinalists, who appear to us to meet best the requirements for this position as defined in the job description given to us by the President and Provost," wrote committee chair Marshall Duke, Candler Professor of Psychology, in an open letter. "We are confident that from among this group of impressive people will emerge the one who will take us forward in our effort to maximize and integrate the contributions to Emory's educational mission of our first-rate faculty and excellent campus life staff."

Duke said the committee is hoping for significant input from students, faculty, staff and administrators before it submits its final recommendation to the President Bill Chace and Provost Rebecca Chopp.

Cevallos will be on campus Sept. 5 and 6; Ford on Sept. 7 and 8; Rollins on Sept. 11 and 12; and Cherrey on Sept. 14 and 15. Times and places will be announced closer to the dates; check the Emory website for more information.

Duke said anyone wishing to make his or her voice heard to the search committee should send e-mail to campuslife-search@listserv.cc.emory.edu, or to him directly via the Department of Psychology.

"Once the campus visits have taken place and we have received input from as many of you as communicate with us, we will begin the final stage of the search process," Duke said. "By sending forward a name, we the committee will be stating to the president and provost our belief that the people named can do the job at a level of excellence to which all of us at Emory are committed. We have been directed not to rank order these names. Once they receive the names, it will be for the president and provost to decide to whom the position will be offered."

The candidates are:

F. Javier Cevallos is currently vice chancellor for students affairs at the University of Massachusetts. He received his BA from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981.

In addition to his responsibility in student affairs, Cevallos has maintained his appointment as professor of Spanish and is past chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He has been at UMass since 1984. He is the author of four books (including a text on Spanish conversation) and more than 35 scholarly articles and chapters. He was the recipient of a Lily Teaching Fellowship in 1987 and served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Wesleyan University in 1996­1997. He is past-president of the Early Latin American Literature division of the Modern Language Association.

Cynthia Cherrey is currently assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern California. She received her bachelor's from Saint Cloud State University (Minn.) in 1976 and her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Denver in 1987.

She currently holds faculty appointments in USC's Rossier School of Education and Annenberg School of Communication. Cherrey has been a Fulbright Scholar and a W.K. Kellogg Leadership Scholar. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters and is co-author of a newly published book, Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of Our Work. In 1991, she was named one of the USC's Outstanding Faculty of the Year and was Administrator of the Year at the University of Denver in 1986.

John Ford is currently Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University. He received his bachelor's in philosophy and psychology from Boston University in 1966 and his Ph.D. in sociology and social work from the University of Michigan in 1976.

Since 1992, Ford has been professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.

In addition to his numerous articles and forthcoming book, Case Studies in Health Care Access, Ford's research skills have earned him a Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Fellowship in Health Care Finance at Johns Hopkins University. From 1991­92, he was acting director of the Sloan Program in Health Administration in Cornell's College of Human Ecology.

Howard Rollins is currently executive director of the Institute for Comparative and International Studies at Emory. He received his bachelor's from Wake Forest University in 1964 and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1968.

Rollins has been on the faculty at Emory since 1968, currently as professor of psychology. He served as chair of the psychology department for eight years and as associate dean of Emory College for five years.

He also chaired the college curriculum committee and served as a member of the college Executive Committee. Rollins is the author of more than three dozen scholarly articles and chapters and has presented numerous research colloquia in the U.S. and abroad.

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