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The search is underway for CMU’s next provost.

Search for new provost begins

CMU President Bob Davies announces 16-member search committee

Contact: Ari Harris


​President Bob Davies has appointed 16 individuals representing faculty, staff and students to a search committee for the nationwide search for Central Michigan University's next executive vice president and  provost.

The provost is the university's chief academic officer and works with the president to set CMU's academic priorities and to allocate resources to achieve those priorities.

In December, current Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Gealt announced he would step down effective June 30, 2019, and would continue at CMU as provost emeritus through Dec. 31, 2019.

The search committee will be co-chaired by Janet Hethorn, dean of the College of the Arts and Media, and Richard Rothaus, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

The other search committee members are:

  • Ray Christie, senior vice provost, academic administration.
  • Cali Clark, director of employment and compensation.
  • Colleen Green, director of Native American Programs.
  • Mark Lehman, chair, communication sciences and disorders.
  • A.T. Miller, vice president and chief diversity officer.
  • Gregory Morgan, elections director, Student Government Association.
  • Kelly Murphy, faculty, philosophy and religion.
  • Kaleb Patrick, interim director, Master of Science in Administration program and faculty, educational leadership.
  • Kyle Pybus-Jerome, ceremonies and events coordinator, President's Office.
  • Neli Ragina, director for research and faculty member, College of Medicine.
  • Jonathon Russell, chair, art and design.
  • Brad Swanson, chair of the Academic Senate and faculty, biology.
  • Cedric Taylor, faculty, sociology, anthropology and social work.
  • Stephen Tracy, faculty, business information systems.

The search consulting firm Witt/Keiffer will assist the committee. The committee invites the campus community to provide input on the leadership competencies and experience desired for an ideal candidate for CMU's next provost. Open forums are scheduled from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and from 2-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Individuals who are not able to attend the open forums may submit comments to provostsearch@cmich.edu or may submit comments anonymously using an online form located on the provost search website.


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