I am honored to note that I have been asked to serve on the search committee for the next Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost. I feel this is a vote of confidence by the Chancellor and his staff in our College. At the first meeting of the search committee, the Chair, and Consultant who was hired, both emphasized the critical importance of confidentiality for the success of the search. Accordingly, I want to go on record that I will not be able to discuss any detail of the search with anyone. If one wishes information concerning the search, I refer you to University Dean, Mr. Robert Ptachik, who is providing high-level administrative support for the process.

During the first meeting, we were charged with aiding the search by identifying suitable candidates. To broaden the net, I am requesting that if you know of a talented person who you feel is suitable that you please call this to the attention of the Search Consultants through Dean Ptachik. The successful candidate must have all of the attributes that will normally be associated with a systems provost and be capable of being an effective, articulate, and strong voice for the academic mission of our great University.