Quick! The Provost Candidates are Coming!

I (and I think everyone else at EMU) just got an email from VP for Communications Walter Kraft about “open campus” forums for candidates for the Provost position. And these forums are going to be happening very soon and very early:

Candidate No. 1: Monday, March 13, 8- 9:20 a.m.
Candidate No. 2: Tuesday, March 14, 8-9:20 a.m.
Candidate No. 3: Wednesday, March 15, 8-9:20 a.m.
Candidate No. 4: Thursday, March 16, 8-9:20 a.m.

All sessions will take place in the Student Center Auditorium.

Now, I realize that these interview days are probably jam-packed with all kinds of other activities for these candidates. I also realize that ultimately the decision on who will get this job rests entirely with the search committee and the president– that is, these forums are really a courtesy and/or good public relations. No one is going to get hired or not based on their performance at this. Still, I have to say that one way to assure candidates for this job have as little contact with the general EMU community as possible is to announce these events with a week’s notice and to schedule them all for eight in the morning.

Also interesting is we aren’t going to get information on any of these candidates until “later in the week;” I’m not sure why they couldn’t just tell us now, but whatever.

I might be able to go to see “Candidate No 1.” and “Candidate No 2,” but alas, I’ll have to miss the other two for because I’ll be at a conference. Anyone else planning on going?

One thought on “Quick! The Provost Candidates are Coming!

  1. Do you have one of those Executive Search Firms running the show? If so, their answer to your point that these open forums don’t decide anything is, in essence, “Mostly true, but the feedback we get can certainly raise some alarms we might not hear any other way.” This assumes, of course, that they’re actively soliciting the feedback the way ours did for the Presidential search I just served on.

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