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Vice provost finalists to be interviewed

By Suzie Karlin

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 29 - April 25, 1996

On behalf of the Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Chairman Bill Stephenson has announced that five finalists will be interviewed over the period April 28 to May 9.

The first candidate will be Bernard Oliver, dean of the College of Education at Washington State University. His interview will extend from Sunday, April 28, to Tuesday, April 30. Oliver assumed his current position in 1991 after serving for three years as dean at St. Cloud State University. Previous administrative experience includes three years as a department chairman at Syracuse University. Oliver earned a B.S. in physical education and history at California State University at Hayward. He subsequently earned M.A. and Ed.D. degrees at Stanford University.

The second candidate is Richard D. McGhee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arkansas State University. His interview will extend from Tuesday, April 30, to Thursday, May 2. McGhee took his current position in July 1991. Before that, he spent 24 years at Kansas State University during which he served as head of the English department for nine years, with a further two years as acting head. McGhee earned a B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Missouri and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

The third candidate is John D. Fulton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Rolla. His interview will extend from Thursday, May 2, to Saturday, May 4. Fulton assumed his current position in 1991, following three years in a similar capacity at the University of West Florida. Previous administrative experience includes 10 years as head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University. Fulton earned his BS in engineering mathematics, and his M.S .and Ph.D. in mathematics, all from North Carolina State University.

The fourth candidate is Marlene I. Strathe, vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of North Dakota. Her interview will extend from Sunday, May 5, to Tuesday, May 7. Strathe began in her current position in 1993 and was previously assistant vice president of academic affairs for five years at the University of Northern Iowa. Earlier administrative experience includes five years as director of the Educational Research and Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Strathe earned a B.S. degree in government and bacteriology, an M.S. in psychology/counseling and higher education, and a Ph.D. in education/research and evaluation. All three degrees were earned at Iowa State University.

The fifth candidate is Joe Cowles, head of biology at Virginia Tech. His interview will extend from Tuesday, May 7, to Thursday, May 9. Cowles assumed his current position in 1990 having previously served nine years in a similar capacity at the University of Houston. He earned his B.S. at Western Kentucky University, M.S. at the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. at Oregon State University.

At forums open to all faculty and staff members and students, the candidates will make brief presentations, followed by questions/answers.

Forums, dates, times, and locations are as follows: Oliver, April 29, 1-2:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium; McGhee, May 1, 1-2:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium; Fulton, May 3, 1-2:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium; Strathe, May 6, 1-2:30 p.m., DBHCC rear auditorium; Cowles, May 8, 1-2:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium.

The curriculum vitae of all candidates may be reviewed in 210 Burruss, 333 Norris, or 1060 Litton Reaves.