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Provost candidates - Finalists announced; campus interviews begin

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 14 - December 1, 1994

The Senior Vice President and Provost Search Committee has announced that five finalists have been chosen to come to campus for interviews with the faculty and staff.

President Paul Torgersen said that should it be necessary to have an interim provost, Greg Brown, dean of the College of Forestry, has agreed to serve. Torgersen noted that Brown had served in a similar capacity when he was at the University of Maine and will be well suited to step into the role should the need arise.

The five candidates are: Mark Emmert, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Montana State University; Dagmar Cronn, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Maine; Peggy Meszaros, dean of the College of Human Resources, Virginia Tech; Mark Auburn, executive vice president, University of Akron; and Anne Hopkins, vice president for arts, sciences, and engineering, University of Minnesota.

Emmert visited the campus from Monday through Wednesday of this week. Specific information on meetings and open forums for the remaining candidates, and biographical information is listed below.

Search committee chairman Bob Bates said he is impressed by the overall quality and enthusiasm of the provost candidates. Bates is pleased with the progress of the search, noting that it was important to take advantage of the window of opportunity to bring candidates to the campus. "This gives everyone on campus, whether through small-group meetings or the open forums, a chance to see each of the candidates," Bates said. Judging from the current status of the search, Bates expects to be able to recommend the selected finalist to Torgersen around the middle of December.

The visitation dates for the remaining candidates and the times they will be available for open forums with all members of the university community and for meeting academic department heads are as follows:

* Cronn will visit campus November 30-December 2. She will meet with academic department heads December 2 from 8:45-10:15 a.m. in 1045 Pamplin. Her open forum will follow from 10:30 until noon in 1045 Pamplin.

* Meszaros' interview is December 5-7. Her open forum will be December 6 from 1:45-3:15 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium. Meszaros' meeting with department heads immediately follows in 1045 Pamplin from 3:30-5 p.m.

* Auburn visits campus December 7-9. He will meet with academic department heads December 9 from 8:45-10:15 a.m. in 1045 Pamplin. His open forum for all members of the university community follows from 10:30 a.m. until noon in 1045 Pamplin.

* Hopkins comes to Blacksburg from December 12-14. She will meet with department heads December 14 from 8:45-10:15 a.m. in 1045 Pamplin. Her open forum is scheduled for 1:45-3:15 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown auditorum.

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARIES

MARK S. AUBURN: Akron, OH.

Executive vice president, the University of Akron (1993-present); senior vice president and provost, University of Akron (1991-93); director, University of Akron Foundation (1991-present); vice chancellor for academic affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (1988-91); vice president for planning, University of Arkansas System (1985-88); dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Arkansas State University (1983-85); associate provost and secretary, College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University (1980-83).

Ph.D. English, University of Chicago, 1971; A.M. English, University of Chicago, 1968; B.A., English, University of Akron, 1967; B.S., Mathematics, University of Akron, 1967; Diploma, Western Reserve Academy, 1963.

DAGMAR CRONN: Orono, ME.

Dean, College of Sciences; associate director, Maine Agriculture Experiment Station; and professor, University of Maine (1989-present); American Council on Education fellow, University of California (1988-89); research associate, University of California (1988-89); chair, Environmental Science and Regional Planning Program, Washington State University (1986-88); professor, WSU (1986-89); assistant director, WSU Office of Grants and Research Development (1985-86); associate professor and research chemist, WSU (1979-86); assistant professor, WSU (1977-79); assistant research chemist, WSU (1975-79).

Ph.D. University of Washington, 1975; M.S. University of Washington, 1972; B.S. University of Washington, 1969.

MARK A. EMMERT: Bozeman, MT.

Provost and vice president for academic affairs, Montana State University (1992-present); professor, Montana State University (1992-present); associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Colorado at Denver (1985-92); associate/assistant professor, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado (1986-92); special assistant to the president, CU System and American Council on Education fellow, University of Colorado (1988-89); associate dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado (1986-89); assistant professor and research associate, Northern Illinois University (1983-85); university fellow and research assistant, Syracuse University (1980-83); director of student financial aid, Adams State College (1978-80); student financial aid officer, Aims Community College (1976-78).

Ph.D. Syracuse University; M.P.A. Syracuse University; B.A. University of Washington.

ANNE H. HOPKINS: Minneapolis, MN.

Vice president for arts, sciences, and engineering, University of Minnesota (1992-Present); vice provost for arts, sciences, and engineering, University of Minnesota (1990-92); vice provost, associate provost, assistant provost and professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1984-90); assistant to the chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1983-84); associate professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1974-84); chair, Department of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1971-74); assistant professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1968-74).

Ph.D. Syracuse University, 1969; M.A. Syracuse University, 1965; B.A. Syracuse University, 1963.

PEGGY S. MESZAROS: Blacksburg, VA.

Dean, College of Human Resources, professor of family and child development, associate director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, Virginia Tech (1993-present); dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences and professor of family studies, assistant director of Kentucky Agriculture Experiment Station, assistant director of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky (1985-93); acting chair, Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of Kentucky (1987-90); acting chair, Family Studies Department, University of Kentucky (1986); director of academic affairs and professor, Oklahoma State University (1983-85); associate dean and professor, Home Economics and Cooperative Extension, Oklahoma State University (1979-83); state supervisor of home economics and director of consumer education, Maryland State Department of Education (1973-77); chair, Department of Home Economics and associate professor, Hood College (1973-77); curriculum specialist, Omaha Public Schools (1972-73); family financial counselor, Army Community Services (1968-70); home economics and science teacher, Koffman Middle School (1963-67).

Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1977; M.S. University of Kentucky, 1972; B.S. Austin Peay State University, 1963.