Provide feedback on provost candidates

February 22, 2016 | News
By Meghan Cunningham

The Provost Search Committee is asking for your feedback on the four candidates for provost and executive vice president for academic affairs who visited campus recently to engage with the UT community.

Dr. Charles Robinson, vice chancellor for diversity and community at the University of Arkansas, was the final candidate to come to UT when he held open forums Feb. 18 and discussed the importance of cultivating diversity and diversity literacy in higher education and strategies to engage faculty in more research, and improve student retention and graduation rates.

Dr. Donald Siegel, dean of the School of Business at the University of Albany, State University of New York, also visited campus last week for open forums Feb. 17 when he discussed the need for a university to have an entrepreneurial spirit and to capitalize on faculty strengths to move the institution forward.

Dr. Christopher Keil McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University, was the first finalist on campus Feb. 10 when he held open forums to discuss the importance of creating a shared vision and turning that vision into reality and the role of the provost to facilitate that process.

Dr. Andrew Hsu, dean of the College of Engineering at San Jose State University, participated in forums Feb. 12 when he discussed his interest in providing deans the support they need to improve student success and research opportunities, and the role of a provost to provide the strategic resources to do so.

Each candidate gave a presentation of about 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period with the audience during one forum on Main Campus and another on Health Science Campus. To watch the open forums, visit

The feedback form also is included for each candidate on the website requesting comments.

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