Provost appoints committee to search for Grad School dean

Elizabeth Sias

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Tom Sullivan appointed the search committee charged with finding a new vice provost and dean of graduate education.

The 10-member search committee is made up of deans, professors and one student. Several of the members were on the Committee on Graduate Education, which was charged by the provost in February with making recommendations for restructuring the Graduate School.

The position of vice provost and dean oversees graduate education, working with the provost, providing leadership and participating in the effort to reorganize the Graduate School, the provost’s office states.

Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy was named interim vice provost and dean. His term began July 1 and he’ll serve until a final appointment is made on the permanent dean.

The committee will conduct an internal search, primarily looking at candidates within the University.

As the committee was only recently appointed, candidates are currently unknown. University spokesman Dan Wolter said in an e-mail statement that "the names of candidates are considered private data until such time as they are deemed finalists for the position," which will likely be in late summer or early fall.

President Bob Bruininks stated in the June 26 report on his decision for restructuring that public interviews will take place in the beginning of fall semester, and a final appointment will be made in early- or mid-fall.