September 03, 2008

Finalists announced for academic affairs post

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The chair of a Southern Illinois University internal search committee today (Sept. 3) announced the names of three finalists for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs, the SIU system’s top academic post.

“The three individuals being recommended today by the search committee have outstanding academic credentials, a thorough understanding of the Southern Illinois University system and have demonstrated strong leadership abilities over many years of service to this University,” said Dr. Duane Stucky, chair of the search committee and Senior Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs. “Each of these candidatespossess their own set of personal and professional strengths that would serve this University well.”

The three finalists are:

• Dr. Prudence Rice, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Director, Office of Research Development and Administration, SIUC (BA/MA Wake Forest University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University).

• Dr. Paul Sarvela, Dean, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, SIUC (AB/MS/Ph.D., University of Michigan).

• Dr. David Wilson, Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School, SIUC (BA/MA, University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Tennessee).

The search committee members included: Dr. Duane Stucky, Search Committee Chair and Senior Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs and Board Treasurer; Dr. Dennis Cradit, Dean, College of Business, SIUC; Dr. Allison Fahsl, Associate Professor, Special Education and Communication Disorders, SIUE; Dr. Paul Ferguson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, SIUE; Dr. Carl Flowers, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Institute, SIUC; Dr. Susan Ford, Chair, Department of Anthropology, SIUC; Dr. Sam Goldman, Interim Chancellor, SIUC; and Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift Chancellor, SIUE.

The search committee was formed after the retirement announcement of Dr. John Haller, who has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for the SIU system office since September 1990.

The three finalists will now undergo interviews with various campus constituency groups at Edwardsville and Carbondale, with recommendations from those groups being forwarded to SIU President Glenn Poshard. A decision by Poshard is expected by Oct. 1.
(Further information: Dave Gross, 217/545-8080)