WSU faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for the new provost and executive vice president.
 
Robert C. Bates, provost and executive vice president, announced in mid-January his plan to step down July 1.
 
“The most important next step in the search process is getting as large a pool as possible of qualified candidates,” said Warwick Bayly, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and chair of the search committee. “The best source of qualified candidates is referrals from people in the WSU community. And given the timeline we have set out, we need to begin receiving nominations as soon as possible.”
 
Bayly welcomes nominations at wmb@wsu.edu.
 
The committee in February retained the search/consulting agency of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, California and Pennsylvania.
 
Advertisements have been posted in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other media venues. A copy can be found at www.provost-execvp-search.wsu.edu/WSUProvost-ExecVPAd.pdf.
 
The process is labeled as open until filled, but the search committee is scheduled to meet March 31 to begin reviewing applicant files. Bayly said he hopes they will have 8-12 top candidates by then.
 
“To accomplish that, we need an initial pool of about 25-30 solid candidates,” he said. “And we need to begin receiving those names now so the consultant can determine if those people meet our criteria.
 
The consultant needs to make initial contact to see if they are interested, collect vita and references and review the material.
 
“We have a short period of time to accomplish all that, which is why we have retained the consultant.”
 
In February, the search committee met with and collected comments from faculty, staff and students statewide regarding characteristics they felt were important in a provost/executive vice president.
 
The committee and the consultant then put together a job description and qualifications, which can be found at www.provost-execvp-search.wsu.edu.