Chancellor search co-chairs named, committee forming

By Luke Nozicka, @LukeNozicka

Early stages of finding a chancellor have begun.

President Randy Dunn, who assumed chancellor duties after Chancellor Paul Sarvela died Nov. 9, said Rehabilitation Institute Director Carl Flowers and psychology Chairwoman Meera Komarraju have been named co-chairs of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. He said about 18 people are being asked to join the committee.

“I would hope that within a few days we would be able to announce those committee members,” Dunn said in an interview Friday.


Internal and external candidates can apply for the position.

“We want to be very thoughtful about investing time and effort to help identify a good pool across the nation,” Dunn said. “That work is underway right now to try to identify some of those individuals who might be good matches to ensure that they’re aware of the position.”

The committee will choose as many as four or five finalists, whom will be invited to visit the campus once chosen, Dunn said.

The search for a full-time provost won’t begin until a chancellor is appointed.

“I really do hope [Provost Susan Ford, who assumed the position after announcing her retirement] is able to stay until what point we’ve gone through the chancellor search, so that the provost search can be a selection with the new chancellor involved,” Dunn said.

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