CURRENT SEARCHES

UM-Flint National Search for Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Update

Dear Colleagues:
 
We are writing to provide an update regarding the search for the next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint.
 
The search process began in mid-February with a face-to-face meeting of the 17 member committee and Wheless Search & Consulting, our search firm. In that initial meeting, we discussed the search process and timeline, confidentiality and integrity of the process, and gathered input from the committee to finalize the search prospectus. This prospectus contains the desired qualities and attributes of the provost which the committee updated from the recent provost search in 2015.
 
It’s noteworthy to us, and we suspect to you too, that this search committee and the search firm has been fully engaged since day one and remains so to this writing. 100% participation, clear communication, insightful input, and a free flow of observations and opinions have guided us to where we are today. More about that in a moment.
 
As a frame of reference, there were overtures by the search firm to well over 330 potential candidates. Additionally, ads were placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education for its regular distribution as well as its diversity distribution. Wheless Search & Consulting focused on identifying candidates who were either in the region or had regional familiarity, but not at the expense of looking nationally. 
 
As the search firm made the vetted candidates available to the committee, we were very pleased with the slate. It was diverse and accomplished. This endeavor has attracted some very compelling candidates. We believe this is a testament to who we are and where we are going.  
 
We have now concluded the first round of narrowing the candidate field. The process to find our next Provost has been collegial and consultative. We will be interacting further in the days ahead with the candidates the committee has selected to move forward in the process. Your input and feedback are always welcome and you can email the committee or the search firm directly umflintprovost@whelesssearch.com
 
Stay well and safe.
 
Deba Dutta, Office of the Chancellor, Co-Chair
Christine Waters, Communication and Visual Arts, Co-Chair
 
Mark Allison, Computer Science, Engineering and Physics
Gary Ashley, University Outreach and Staff Council
Donna Fry, College of Health Sciences
Susan Gano-Phillips, College of Arts and Sciences  
Nick Gaspar, Office of Extended Learning
Mike Hague, Business and Finance
Gregory Laurence, Management and Marketing
Stacy Lee, Office of the Registrar
Queen Odira, Student Government
Shan Parker, Public Health and Health Sciences
James Schirmer, Department of English and Faculty Council
Mary Jo Sekelsky, Alumni Relations
Julie Snyder, Student Affairs
Sapna Thwaite, Department of Education
Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, School of Nursing

Search Committee Members

Deba Dutta, Chancellor, Co-Chair
Christine Waters, Professor of Art and Art History, Communication and Visual Arts, Co-Chair
 
Mark Allison, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Engineering and Physics
Gary Ashley, Program Manager, University Outreach and Staff Council
Donna Fry, Dean, College of Health Sciences
Susan Gano-Phillips, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
Nick Gaspar, Distance Learning Director and Adjunct Lecturer, Office of Extended Learning
Mike Hague, Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance
Gregory Laurence, Management and Marketing Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management, School of Management
Stacy Lee, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar
Queen Odira, Student and Vice President, Student Government
Shan Parker, Associate Professor and Director Academic Program, Public Health and Health Sciences
James Schirmer, Department Chair, Associate Professor and Faculty Council Chair, English
Mary Jo Sekelsky, Executive Director, Alumni Relations
Julie Snyder, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Student Affairs
Sapna Thwaite, Associate Dean, Interim Chair of Social Work and Associate Professor of Education, School of Education and Human Services
Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, Professor, Nursing
 
In this search we are assisted by Wheless Search & Consulting. Inquiries, nominations and questions should be directed to umflintprovost@whelesssearch.com 
 
A prospectus of the position can be found here.

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COMPLETED SEARCHES

William "B.J." Hull, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

On January 20, B.J. Hull began serving as UM-Flint's Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Mary Jo Sekelsky returned to serving as Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Both roles are vital for our institution.