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Provost candidate visits set

Three coming to campus for open forums with faculty, staff and students

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Three finalists to be Central Michigan University's next provost and executive vice president will visit campus next week.

They'll meet with faculty, staff and students at open forums Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The provost search committee has identified Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne Raskind and Mary Schutten as candidates to replace current Provost Michael Gealt, who announced in December he would step down June 30. Gealt continues as provost emeritus through Dec. 31.

As the university's chief academic officer, the new provost will work with President Bob Davies to set CMU's academic priorities and to allocate resources to achieve those priorities. 

Dates and details for the candidates' visits:

Monday, April 22: Farshad Fotouhi

Fotouhi is dean of the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. From 2004-11, he chaired the  computer science department at Wayne State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his doctorate in computer science from Michigan State University in 1988. His open forum takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. in Park Library's Baber Room.

Wednesday, April 24: Wayne Raskind

Raskind is associate provost for special programs at Wayne State University. From 2012-18, he was dean of Wayne State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his doctorate in mathematics from Robinson College, University of Cambridge, England, in 1985. His open forum is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. in the UC Auditorium.

Friday, April 26: Mary Schutten

Schutten is professor of kinesiology at San Jose State University in California. She previously served as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at San Jose State from 2015-18. She received her Doctor of Physical Education degree from Indiana University. Her open forum is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. in Park Library's Baber Room.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend all open forums as their schedule allows. There is no requirement to stay for the entire time, and participants may come and go as needed. 

Individuals not able to attend in person may view the livestream and submit questions on the provost search website. Job-related feedback can be submitted by completing a candidate evaluation form at the open forum, by emailing comments to provostsearch@cmich.edu or anonymously using an online form on the website


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