Three public forums will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, to gather input from campus and community members on the qualities they hope to find in a new Northern Michigan University provost and vice president for academic affairs. The 45-minute forums are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the Brule Room. They will be moderated by Shelly Storbeck from the executive search firm A.T. Kearney. Members of the NMU Provost Search Advisory Committee will also be present.
“We decided to include public forums in the search process for two reasons,” said Darlene Walch (Academic Information Services), co-chair of the PSAC. “It gives the community a chance to interact with the committee members, ask questions and get updates. It also allows the committee members to hear what the public wants from a new provost. There are minimum requirements that this position entails, but all of our candidates meet these requirements, so feedback from the community will help in the screening process.”
Walch said the goal is to facilitate on-campus visits by the top candidates before the end of this semester, and to have a new provost on board by summer 2006.