Search Underway for Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

 Norfolk State University President Tony Atwater has launched a search for a new provost and vice president for academic affairs. The provost is a key member of the senior leadership team and will serve as the University’s chief academic officer.

NSU Chief of Staff Deborah Fontaine is chair of the search committee and will serve as a non-voting member. Named to the search committee are Carray Banks, chair, Department of Technology; Jean Braxton, dean, School of Education; Geoffroy de LaForcade, associate professor of history and vice president of the Faculty Senate; Colita Fairfax, associate professor, social work; Mahbub Khandaker, professor, physics; Arletha McSwain, professor and interim dean, School of Extended Learning; Bidhu Mohanty, associate dean, School of Business; Terricita Sass, assistant vice president, enrollment management; and Regina V.K. Williams, interim vice president, finance and administration.

The search committee convened its first meeting in October, receiving the charge, review process, timeline and search expectations.

Applications for this cabinet-level position are currently under review. An appointment is expected to be made during the 2012 spring semester. The newly appointed provost is expected to assume his/her duties July 1, 2012.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs will help develop and achieve NSU’s academic goals and objectives. Responsibilities include oversight of five academic colleges and schools, Honors College, e-Learning, institutional effectiveness, information technology, undergraduate and graduate studies, international programs, the library, and the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. Additionally, the provost will oversee faculty development and scholarship, instructional quality, academic programs assessment, the academic affairs division budget and program accreditation.

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