University Assembles Search Committee to Name New Provost

Next academic year Ferris State University will begin its search for a new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Associate Provost Paul Blake was named interim provost. Blake’s appointment comes after current Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Fritz Erickson was selected as the new president of Northern Michigan University last week. Blake’s interim provost position was announced by Ferris President David Eisler on April 28.

Blake is working with Erickson for a smooth transition before he assumes the job’s full responsibilities on July 1.

A search committee has been assembled to help prepare and guide the search process. The committee will be co-chaired by Rick Griffin, professor of Political Science in College of Arts and Sciences, and Julie Coon, associate dean in the College of Health Professions.

Search Committee members include:

Scott Garrison, Dean, FLITE Library

Tamie Grunow, Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Kim Hancock, Professor, Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy

Robin Hoisington, Executive Assistant to the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs

Sheila MacEachron, Associate Professor, Nuclear Medicine, College of Health Professions

Gloria Lukusa-Barnett, Professor, Developmental Curriculum, Retention and Student Success

Ron Mehringer, professor and program coordinator, Electrical/Electronics, College of Engineering Technology

Bruce Morgan, professor and director of residencies, Michigan College of Optometry

David Pilgrim, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion

Kristen Salomonson, dean, Enrollment Services

Carlos Sanchez, director, Latino Business and Economic Development Center

Dawn Schavey, senior academic advisor, Extended and International Operations

Mischelle Stone, associate professor, Criminal Justice, College of Education and Human Services

Spence Tower, associate professor, Management, College of Business.

The members will meet this spring to organize the search. Formal advertisement of the position is scheduled to begin this fall.

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Last updated: 05-14-2014