CSU Provost Candidates Visiting Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Three finalists to become Columbus State University’s first provost are visiting for a series of interviews.

Each will meet with a variety of campus groups and host an open session for faculty in CSU's Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium at 12:30 p.m., during which they will make a 15-minute presentation. The Provost Search Committee’s finalists are:

• Cathy L. Barlow, dean of the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She will be on campus Tuesday, March 3. Barlow earned her doctorate in leadership/administration from the University of Tulsa, her master’s in special education from Ball State University and her bachelor’s in psychology and education from Milligan College in Tennessee. She has been dean at UNC Wilmington since 2000. Previously, she was a department chair and interim dean at Morehead State University, and dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Evansville. Prior to moving into higher education administration in 1991, she held several administrative positions in public schools, including assistant principal, director and associate superintendent.

• Catherine A. Riordan, vice provost at Central Michigan University. She will be on campus Wednesday, March 4. Riordan earned her doctorate in social psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and her bachelor’s in social welfare from Eastern Michigan University. She has been at Central Michigan since 2000, serving first for one year as assistant vice president for curriculum and assessment. Before that, she was at the University of Missouri-Rolla, where she was a professor of psychology, Management Systems director and assistant to the chancellor for Affirmative Action.

• Inessa Levi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University. She will be on campus Thursday, March 5. Levi earned her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She has been dean at Western Illinois since 2004. Before that, she was at the University of Louisville, where she was a professor, acting chair of the math department and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The three were invited to campus after the search committee, assisted by Parker Executive Search, combed through more than 50 applications, and then interviewed 10 candidates.

“We’re very excited about the caliber of the candidates who applied for this position,” said David Rock, dean of CSU’s College of Education and chair of the search committee. “Each candidate has experience with dynamic institutions that are on the rise in the higher education community.”

The university hopes to have the provost in place by July 1.

The provost will serve as Columbus State University’s chief academic officer, with broad responsibility for the overall excellence and vitality of the university’s academic life and programs. The provost leads and manages the Academic Affairs units, which includes academic colleges and offices currently structured as Arts & Letters, the D. Abbott Turner College of Business, Education, Science, University College, CSU Libraries, grants & contracts, and other academic support functions. The provost is a member of the President’s Staff, which includes the vice presidents for student affairs, business and finance, advancement, the chief information officer, the athletic director and the public relations director.