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USU Continues Provost Search, Considers Fourth Candidate

Herald Journal Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

After a year-long search for a new provost and executive vice president at Utah State University that turned up three finalists, the school is currently considering a fourth candidate. USU President Noelle Cockett made that announcement at a Faculty Senate meeting on Monday. She did not mention the name of the candidate or the institution that person works for, but said the candidate would likely visit campus next month and the campus community would have a chance to meet him or her and give feedback. “This is another candidate who the search committee has interviewed and vetted,” Cockett told faculty senators. ... The other three finalists are: Paul Layer, dean for the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost at Idaho State University; and Douglas Freeman, dean of Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. ... In an interview, Cockett talked about the qualities she wants in a provost, since she was one herself before she became president. “I want somebody that the vast majority of campus feels really strongly about,” she said. “Energy, good relationships with people across campus, an attitude of facilitation, an attitude of excellence, a resource for deans and department heads.”

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