The search for the next Provost comes down to 10 candidates

Alex Del Dago, Government reporter

This past Friday marked another meeting for the Provost Search Committee. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the committee, called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. and began going over general housekeeping items on the agenda. The main point of this meeting was to create a shortlist for the over 130 candidates that applied to be UNF’s new Provost. The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for the University’s academic and budgetary affairs. The Provost also collaborates with the President in setting overall academic priorities for the University and allocates funds to carry these priorities forward. The current interim provost is Pamela Chally.

Candidates were from all over the country, including Missouri, Colorado, Nevada, Kentucky, New York, Montana, and Texas just to name a few. Although, no one from UNF applied for the position. Almost all of the candidates were of high academic standing and worked previously as deans, professors, vice presidents, and vice provost.

After initial deliberation and reviewing the candidate’s experiences, the top 10 candidates were decided upon:

Martin Abraham
Youngstown State University, Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering, with Tenure

Simon Rhodes
Indiana University-Purdue, Dean of Science

DoVeanna Fulton
University of Houston, Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

M. Beth Ingram
North Dakota State University, Professor of Economics

Wayne Raskind
Wayne State University, Associate Provost for Special Programs

Anthony Vizzini
Wichita State University, Professor of Engineering

Abbey Zink
Sam Houston State University, Dean & Professor of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Charles Hardy
University of North Carolina, Founding Dean & Tenured Professor of the College of Health & Human Services

Russell Ivy
Florida Atlantic University, Senior Associate Provost

Diana Rogers-Adkinson
Southeast Missouri State University, Dean of the College of Education, Health & Human Services

The two alternates in case one of the 10 step down are Mark Anderson and Wayne Vaught.

The next Provost Search Committee will take place on Thursday and Friday to interview some of the top candidates as they narrow down their search for the next UNF Provost.


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