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Volume 70, Issue 29, Friday, October 1, 2004


Search begins for UH provost

President Gogue hopes committee can identify candidates 
by January 2005

By Jim Parsons
The Daily Cougar

A 17-member committee began working this week to find a new provost for UH.

This is the second search committee for the combined position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost for UH and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the UH System. The first, formed in September 2003, identified eight candidates, none of whom were chosen for the job.

Paul Chu, T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science and professor of physics, will head the committee, which is made up of student, faculty and staff representatives from all four System universities.

School of Theatre Director Sidney Berger, social work professor Monit Cheung, African-American Studies Program Director James Conyers and business professor John Ivancevich were members of the first search committee who were also appointed to the second.

Joining them are Joseph Eichberg, biology and biochemistry professor; Laura Frishman, optometry professor; Julia Hannay, psychology professor; Michael Harold, chemical engineering professor; Nestor Rodriguez, sociology professor; and law professor Ronald Turner.

Administrators and staff on the committee are Don Jaeckle, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at UH-Victoria; Joe Papick, president of the UH Staff Council; William Staples, UH-Clear Lake president; education Dean Robert Wimpelberg; and Molly Woods, provost at UH-Downtown.

The student member is Jon Quintanilla, president of UH's Student Government Association. Ex-officio members are David Bell, assistant vice president and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Abel Garza, executive director of affirmative action and equal opportunity.

The provost is responsible for overseeing faculty affairs, directing curriculum development and integrating technological innovations in classrooms. As vice chancellor for academic affairs, he or she is responsible for coordinating similar activities across the System.

UH President Jay Gogue said he hopes the committee can identify candidates for the position by late January, but its members have much to do before then: advertising the position, reviewing applications, selecting candidates and narrowing them to a short list of about five.

"If they can get all that done before Christmas, they'll be doing well," Gogue said.

The provost position has been vacant since September 2003, when former Provost Edward P. Sheridan resigned. Jerald Strickland, former dean of the College of Optometry, is serving as interim provost until the position is filled.

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