A 15‑member search committee that includes faculty, staff, and student representation from throughout the WSU system has been selected to lead the search for the university’s next provost.
Julie Kmec, professor of sociology, and Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration and WSU’s chief financial officer, will co‑chair the search. The goal is to name a new provost by the end of the spring semester.
The search committee will host a listening session for the WSU community from 4:15–5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 in the CUB Jr. Ballroom (CUB 210) on the Pullman campus. Additional details will be announced soon.
The search committee includes:
Professor of sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Pullman
Vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer, WSU Pullman
President, Student Government Council, and president, ASWSU Global
Vice chancellor for research and associate professor, College of Nursing, WSU Health Sciences Spokane
Vice president for health sciences and chancellor, WSU Health Sciences Spokane
Obie Ford III
Associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and chief diversity officer, WSU Vancouver
Berry Family Distinguished Professor and associate dean, research and external funding, College of Education, WSU Pullman
Professor, biological systems engineering, and director, Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory, WSU Tri‑Cities
Regents Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and university ombudsman, WSU Pullman
Vice chancellor for academic affairs and clinical associate professor of biology, WSU Tri‑Cities
Associate director of student services, WSU Everett
Samuel H. Smith Distinguished Professor and Chuey Endowed Chair, plant pathology, WSU Pullman
Dean, Murrow College of Communication, WSU Pullman
Professor of communication and society, Murrow College of Communication, WSU Pullman
Professor of music, College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Pullman
Staff support and ex officio advisory members
Executive assistant to the president, Office of the President, WSU Pullman
Associate vice president and chief human resource officer, WSU Pullman
Chief of staff, Office of the President, WSU Pullman
The executive recruiting firm of Isaacson, Miller will assist the search committee in identifying potential candidates for the job.
The provost serves as WSU’s chief academic officer, overseeing system‑wide academic programs and providing leadership for academic administrative operations and enrollment management functions. Bryan Slinker, who has served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine for more than a decade, is serving as interim provost through June 30.
Questions about the search may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.