I had the privilege of sharing an email today announcing my formal charge to our Provost Search and Screen Committee. This group of volunteers from our different colleges, divisions, departments and governance groups is undertaking one of our institution’s most important processes. The committee is off and running, ready to help write a new passage in the university’s history.
Not to be lost in my short announcement is the message’s salutation (below): “Campus Communities.” Plural. The first time I’ve used that opening, and it is also a bit historic, in a sense.
We are in the process of joining with UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac, our Lake Winnebago region’s effort in the broader UW System-wide restructuring of the UW Colleges. We officially become one institution on July 1 this year. However, it is important that UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac campus communities immediately share in one of the most important responsibilities and decisions a university can make–the selection of its top academic leader. So, we reached out to and involved faculty from both two-year campuses (four more excellent people in total). They agreed to serve on the provost search committee and help identify candidates, screen them and make a recommendation.
This is one more example of the very real ways we are already coming together through restructuring, resolving to together, sooner than later, make some fundamental decisions about our new institution’s future. I could not be prouder.
My thanks to each of the colleagues volunteering their time and energy in this effort.
The Search and Screen Committee for our next Provost is set. Nearly 50 people volunteered, giving us a wealth of insight and expertise to consider as the committee was populated. I am delighted that Dr. Kelli Saginak of the Department of Professional Counseling in the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services has agreed to serve as Chair, and I hope you will join me in thanking her and the other volunteer members. I charged the committee this morning.
This search will benefit from strong representation from all of our governance groups. I am thrilled that we also reached out to include faculty members from UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac.
I also want to thank UW Oshkosh Faculty Senate President Steve Bentivenga for his leadership in helping form the committee. As he shared earlier this week, we are grateful to the members for the time and energy they are prepared to invest in one the institution’s most important processes.
The members of the Provost Search & Screen Committee include:
UW Oshkosh Faculty
Kelli Saginak, COEHS, Committee Chair
Nari Kim, COEHS
David Fuller, COB
Dale Feinauer, COB
Kathleen Elertson, CON
Kathleen Wren, CON
Michael Rutz, COLS-S/S
Nenad Stojilovic, COLS -M/S
John Mayrose, COLS – FAPA
Carmen Heider, COLS-Humanities
UW-Fox Valley Faculty
Evan Kreider, Philosophy
Caroline Geary, Chemistry
UW-Fond du Lac Faculty:
Mike Jurmu, Geography/Geology
Sayeed Payesteh, Economics
UW Oshkosh Academic Staff
Rich Marshall, [PAS], Career Services
Domenic Bruni [IAS], English Department
UW Oshkosh University Staff
Sue Jaeke, Registrar’s Office
Julia Hodgen, COB Deans Office
UW Oshkosh Student:
Jacob Banfield, OSA
UW Oshkosh Affirmative Action Rep
Eric Williams, Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence
Chancellor Andy Leavitt