Poser chairs search for new provost

The University of Nebraska has commenced a national search for the position of executive vice president and provost. Linda Ray Pratt, who has served in this role since 2006, plans to step down on June 30 to return to teaching in the Department of English at UNL

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken named a 10-member search committee that represents the student body, faculty and administration to identify, recruit and recommend candidates for position. The committee is chaired by Susan Poser, dean of the College of Law. Other members include: Faisal Ahmed, student regent, University of Nebraska Medical Center; John Bartle, acting dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, UNO; Charlie Bicak, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, UNK; H. Dele Davies, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, UNMC; Ronnie Green, vice president/Harlan vice chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL; David Lechner, vice president for business and finance, University of Nebraska; Jim Lewis, professor, mathematics, UNL; Sarah Thompson, professor and assistant dean, College of Nursing, UNMC; and Sharon Wood, chair of history, UNO.

The committee will be assisted by Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search, a professional consulting firm engaged by the university. Nominations or expressions of interest in the position may be sent to Morrisson at Kim.Morrisson@Divsearch.com.

Milliken said he hopes to name the new executive vice president and provost this summer.

The executive vice president and provost is the university’s ranking academic and administrative officer after the president. The executive vice president and provost advises the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research, and also is responsible for recommending changes or additions to academic programs and reviewing promotion and tenure recommendations. The provost’s office oversees academic programs and activities, including global engagement initiatives and institutional research, at the university.

Additional information on the position is available at http://go.unl.edu/iuf.