The success of a university boils down to one thing at the end of the day: academics.
That’s why Bradley’s interviews with candidates for its new provost, which begin next week, are so vital. The provost, also called vice president for academic affairs, manages all internal academic affairs of the university including continuing education, the library, information technology, study abroad and the Institute for Principled Leadership.
Although there are five vice presidents of the university, the chairperson of the provost search committee told the Scout earlier this year that the provost is “sort of the head vice president.”
University President Joanne Glasser announced via e-mail this week that the committee had “discharged their duty” by selecting three finalists. That duty wasn’t taken lightly.
Those three finalists will be on campus throughout the next two weeks for group interviews.
But administrators aren’t the only ones who can participate in the upcoming interviews.
Two forums will be hosted for each candidate, and each forum is open to students, faculty and staff.
Everyone has a chance to impact this hiring – anyone’s question at one of these meetings could elicit a make-or-break answer.
So if you have something on your mind, bring it to a forum.
The new provost will be the one in charge of decisions regarding changes to course curriculum and schedules, the addition and subtraction of majors, professors’ tenure, wireless Internet and countless other subjects everyone should find concerning.