Four Finalists Named for Provost-Vice President for Academic Affairs
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Beginning next week, three external candidates and one internal applicant will undergo a series of interviews at Columbus State University – including two open forums for faculty, staff and students – during the final steps toward selecting a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs.
More information on all the finalists can be found online at www.ColumbusState.edu/ProvostSearch. In order of their visits, the finalists are:
- Nat Frazer, former dean of the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, who will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 11. Frazer will available for the campus to meet him at 1 p.m. at Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place, room 114 or at 4 p.m. on main campus in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Frazer has two degrees from the University of Georgia, where he has also taught. He also taught at Mercer University, and was chair of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.
- Dale Ostlie, former dean of the College of Science at Weber State University in Utah, who will visit campus Wednesday, Jan. 18. He will available for the campus to meet him at 1 p.m. at Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place, room 114 or at 4 p.m. on main campus in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Ostlie, who has a doctorate in physics/astrophysics from Iowa State University, has been at Weber State since 1984. Additionally, Ostlie worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- Tom Hackett, CSU interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, who will interview on Thursday, Jan. 26. He will available for the campus to meet him at 1 p.m. at the RiverPark Campus (location TBA), or at 4 p.m. on main campus in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. Hackett, who earned two degrees from Columbus State University before earning his doctorate from University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been at CSU since 2006 after retiring as superintendent of the Phenix City Schools. He’s been CSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since the former provost, Inessa Levi, resigned in September 2010.
- Peter Millet, dean of the College of Education at Tennessee State University. He will be on campus on Thursday, Feb. 2 and will available for the campus to meet him at 1 p.m. at the RiverPark Campus (location TBA), or at 4 p.m. on main campus in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio State University and completed a predoctoral residency at Medical College of Georgia. He has been at Tennessee State University since 1997, after working also at Connecticut College and at Columbus State Community College in Ohio.
David Lanoue, dean of CSU’s College of Letters and Sciences, is chairing the search committee that narrowed 51 applicants to the four finalists who will visit campus. He praised the committee’s work and said he was excited by the caliber of the applicants.
“We had an exceptionally strong pool of candidates, and our finalists are truly the best of the best,” Lanoue said. “I am proud of the hours of hard work done by the faculty, staff, and administrators who served on the search committee.”
After the candidates complete their campus visits, committee members will collect feedback from campus constituents to pass along to CSU President Tim Mescon, who will make the final selection.
More information about the committee and the applicants can be found online at www.ColumbusState.edu/ProvostSearch or by contacting David Lanoue at lanoue_david@ColumbusState.edu or (706) 569-3440.