Search Committee Charge
August 8, 2013
On behalf of the entire University community, I thank you for your service on the Senior Vice President/Provost Search Committee. Your selection for this important committee is recognition of your value to Wilkes and your dedication to its success. The selection of the next Senior Vice President/Provost will be one of the most important decisions we make for the future of Wilkes.
By February 1, 2014, I ask that you present me with an unranked list of two to four candidates whom you believe can serve successfully as our SVP/Provost at Wilkes. In an effort to identify the best candidates for the position our search should be conducted on a national level, while also being open and welcoming of internal candidates. This search presents us with an opportunity to diversify the leadership of Wilkes. With that in mind, I ask that we do everything in our power to attract a pool of qualified diverse candidates.
Our next SVP/Provost will continue to be our chief academic officer and will be second in command at the University. The successful candidate should have significant administrative experience, have significant experience as a full time faculty member and be able to provide the intellectual leadership, energy and passion to assure we achieve the academic goals the University has outlined in VISION 2015.
Storbeck/Pimentel, through their Vice President, Steve Leo, will provide counsel and professional services in support of our Provost search. Mr. Leo brings significant search experience as well as an extensive network of contacts. He is well acquainted with Wilkes, having worked as the consultant on our most recent Presidential search.
I have asked Paul Adams, Vice President for Student Affairs, to chair the search committee. In his role as chair, Dr. Adams’ responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, convening and chairing search committee meetings, coordinating the search with Storbeck/Pimentel, preparing materials for distribution to the search committee and serving as the committee’s spokesperson. As for my role in the search process, while I won’t be a member of the search committee and participate in all meetings, I will be engaged with the committee at the application review stage and participate in the neutral site interviews.
I ask that the Committee’s process be transparent, but with the understanding that the names of those who apply or who are nominated, as well as the nature, content and documents related to the Committee’s deliberations, be kept strictly confidential. Confidentiality is essential for us to be able to recruit a highly qualified pool of candidates. To that end, I am asking that the Committee report periodically to the campus community, providing as much information as possible, but bearing in mind the requirements of confidentiality.
Again, you have my sincere thanks for taking on this critical assignment. I look forward to meeting with you and having the opportunity to share ideas and answers questions you have about the role of SVP/Provost at Wilkes.
Patrick F. Leahy, President