The University of South Dakota has begun its search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs. Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is currently serving as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Emily Haddad, Ph.D., chairperson of the department of English, is chairperson of the campus committee overseeing the search. Laura Jenski, Ph.D., vice president for research, is serving as vice chairperson. Academic Search, Inc., a firm located in Washington, DC, is assisting the university's committee in its nationwide search for USD's chief academic officer.
"No position at USD is of greater importance than the provost and vice president for academic affairs," said President James W. Abbott. "A top flight academic leader is key to the success of our university."
The 14-member search committee, which includes two students as well as representatives of all of The University of South Dakota's schools and colleges, will conduct candidate interviews during the 2008 spring semester. A new provost will likely be named in the summer of 2008 and is expected to begin at USD before the start of the fall 2008 semester. Information and updates regarding the search will be made available to the public at www.usd.edu/acadaffairs/ProvostSearch.cfm.