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April 24, 2014 Volume 35, No. 28

Public forum to discuss attributes of next provost

Representatives from executive search firm will gather information

A public forum will be held April 30 to discuss the attributes wanted in MU’s next provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the 5–6 p.m. event in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center’s Monsanto Auditorium.

Three representatives from Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm headquartered in Boston, will be part of the forum. The firm will gather information that will influence selection of who to present to MU administrators as candidates.  

Top categories to be discussed at the forum  are:

Objectives for the new provost.  What do you want the new Provost to accomplish?  What are the desired outcomes for the role and for the institution?  How will you know in three to five years that the right person was hired?  What will have changed on campus?

Qualifications and experience. Based on the objectives identified, what do you think are the qualifications and experiences of an ideal candidate? What is essential and what might be helpful?

Personal qualities. What are the personal attributes most important for this role?

After the search firm meets with campus constituencies, it will synthesize the forum information into a position profile.  

The profile document should offer a realistic and enticing summary of the challenges, measures of success and ideal qualifications for the position. Once the search committee has reviewed and approved this document, the firm will share it broadly with prospective candidates and key sources.

The forum will be led by the chair of the provost search committee, Judy Wall, Curators Professor in the Biochemistry Division and the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Department.