The provost search committee brought Suzanne Austin for her formal public presentation to students and faculty for the provost position on Feb. 11.
Austin, currently the vice provost for student and faculty success at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, was the third of four candidates selected as a finalist for the provost position to present their vision, knowledge and credentials to the Mason community.
With the impending departure of Dr. Peter Stearns, who will step down to join the history department, the search is underway for a new provost. The Provost Search Committee has narrowed the search down to four candidates, each of whom will give a presentation to Mason faculty, staff, and students before the final decision is made.
In a presentation to administration and faculty, David Wu, a finalist in Mason’s Provost search, highlighted the need for universities to be responsive to trends in higher education. Out of 70 applicants, Wu, dean of the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University, was chosen by the provost search committee as one of the four finalists for the position.
The provost search committee presented Dr. Diane Chase as one of their four finalists chosen for the position of university provost on Feb. 4.
Chase, currently the executive vice provost at the University of Central Florida, is an anthropologist by training, who spent the session presenting her relevant credentials and experience, as well as answering the questions of the various Mason faculty members and staff in the audience.
The search for a new provost to replace Peter Stearns, who has held the position since 2000, is underway. Professor T. Mills Kelly, the chair of the Provost Search Committee, hosted a forum October 24th to discuss the search with the public.
“It’s a chance for me and others in the search committee to hear feedback,” Kelly said.
On Sept. 5, President Ángel Cabrera announced a new search committee to find George Mason University's next provost. Dr. Peter Stearns, who has served as Mason's provost since 2000, announced that he would retire in June 2014.
In a recent blog post, Provost Peter Stearns explained the reason for increases in tuition at George Mason University.
After a friend of the university mentioned to him that rising tuition costs could be a result of the school’s fiscal irresponsibility, Stearns researched the issue to check the validity of these claims.
Provost Peter Stearns plans to step down from his role as senior academic administrator in the summer of 2013 and transition into full-time teaching with the history department. He is one of several key administrators whose positions will need to be filled within the next two years.