Provost/Senior Vice President Search: Update and Request for Input

From: Mark J. Warner, Chair, Provost Search Committee

Dear members of the JMU community,

As chair of the search committee for our Provost/Senior Vice President, I want to provide you with an update on the search and solicit your input. Your input is very important to our committee as we begin the search for this critical position on our campus. Directions for providing input are listed below.

We have structured the search process so all members of the university community may be involved. A Provost search website will go live in mid-April, which will provide all members of the university and candidates a venue to keep abreast of search activities and progress. You will receive an email when the website is available.

During April, the search committee will solicit input from the campus community to help determine the desired attributes of our next Provost. The Provost position will be advertised beginning the first of April, and the committee will begin reviewing applications no later than June 1st. In the summer months we will be screening the applications and deciding upon a short list of candidates. The committee will conduct phone interviews with this group, and then we will select finalists for on-campus interviews.

The names of the finalists will be made public and copies of their CVs will be posted on the Provost/Senior Vice President search website. Each finalist will be invited to campus in early September. On-campus interviews will include a public forum with each candidate, to which all members of the campus community will be invited. Our hope is to identify a new provost by early October.

Your input is very important to the committee as we conduct our search. We will be using two vehicles to collect your thoughts: an electronic survey and public forums. We will be asking the following questions, both in the survey and at the forums:

(1) What distinct qualities and characteristics of the university and its academic programs are important to share with the candidates?

(2) What do you believe are the desired attributes of the next Provost?

You may access the survey online throughout the entire month of April. Please click here for the link:

Two public forums with members of the search committee will be held. Details for the forums follow:

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: ISAT/CS room 136

Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Taylor Hall room 404

We look forward to hearing from you, whether via the survey or in person at the forums.

Thank you for your interest and involvement.