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UNG Provost Search nearing final phase

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Welcome receptions and Faculty and Staff Q&A Sessions with provost candidates have been scheduled for the five candidates.

The national search for the provost of the University of North Georgia (UNG) is nearing its final phase. The search committee, chaired by Dr. Mark Spraker, former chair of the UNG Faculty Senate and professor of physics, has selected five candidates for campus visits that will occur Feb. 29- March 10.

The candidates and dates of visit are:

Feb. 29 - Mar. 1: Dr. Jerry Hale, dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Charleston.

Feb. 29 – Welcome Reception for Jerry Hale on the Oconee Campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

Mar. 1 - Mar. 2:   Dr. Parviz Ansari, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Mar. 1 – Welcome Reception for Parviz Ansari on the Oconee Campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

Mar. 3 - Mar. 4:  Dr. Tom Ormond, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, Darton State College and senior associate provost for academic affairs & director of graduate programs, Georgia College & State University.

Mar. 3 – Welcome Reception for Tom Ormond on the Oconee Campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

Mar. 9 - Mar. 10:  Dr. Richard Oates, interim provost & senior vice president for academic affairs, University of North Georgia.

Mar. 9 – Welcome Reception on the Oconee Campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

Faculty and Staff Q&A Sessions with provost candidates are scheduled as follows:

Mar. 1- Jerry Hale on Gainesville Campus in Continuing Education Building room 108 from 9 to 10 a.m. & Dahlonega Campus in Gloria Shott Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 2- Parviz Ansari on Gainesville Campus in Continuing Education Building room 108 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. & Dahlonega Campus in Hoag Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 4- Tom Ormond on Gainesville Campus in Continuing Education Building room 108 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. & Dahlonega Campus in Hoag Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 10- Richard Oates on Gainesville Campus in Martha T. Nesbitt Building, Cleveland Ballroom 3110 AB from 9 to 10 a.m. & Dahlonega Campus in Hoag Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The provost search began in fall 2015 with assistance from Myers McRae, a national executive search firm. The committee, in coordination with Myers McRae, hosted multiple listening sessions across the university to seek input from the campus community on ideal qualities and qualifications for the provost, as well as current issues and priorities that could help set the agenda for the provost.

"Based on the university community feedback, we were successful in generating a pool of applicants that is very dynamic, experienced and diverse," Spraker said.

The position announcement and the institutional and position profile were sent to thousands of recipients within the search firm’s database.  Advertisements were also placed in:  The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed., HigherEdJobs.com, Women in Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. 

The search firm and the committee have spent the past few months collecting applications, reviewing candidates, and conducting preliminary interviews with top candidates. Following the university visits by candidates, the committee will recommend a list of qualified candidates to UNG President Bonita Jacobs for hiring consideration by early April.

"We will select an innovative and collaborative professional for this position who will contribute toward UNG’s bright future," Jacobs said. "I am grateful to the search committee for their dedication in developing a strong pool of candidates, and I am hopeful that the University community will take advantage of opportunities to meet each of the candidates and provide feedback to the committee."

The search committee represents faculty, staff and students from a variety of colleges, disciplines and campuses within the university:

  • Carol Adams, dean of University College, Gainesville Campus
  • Michaela Climer, student, Dahlonega Campus
  • Craig Greathouse, associate department chair, Department of Political Science & International Affairs, Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses
  • Kim Hudson-Gallogly, department chair, Department of Nursing, Dahlonega Campus
  • Courtney Hall, student, Gainesville Campus
  • Jeff Marker, department chair, Communication, Media & Journalism, Gainesville Campus
  • Kelly McFaden, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education, Dahlonega Campus
  • Mary Helen McGruder, chair of the UNG Foundation
  • Bryson Payne, professor, Department of Computer Science, Dahlonega Campus
  • Jason Pruitt, executive director, Cumming Campus
  • Cara Ray, associate vice president and dean of students, Gainesville Campus
  • Dave Slutzky, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, Oconee Campus
  • Jeff Turk, director of the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis, Gainesville Campus

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