Provost & business dean searches launched by Emporia State University

October 18, 2012

Emporia State University is moving forward with searches for two leadership positions — the provost and vice-president of academic affairs and the dean of the School of Business. Two search committees have been named, and a consultant team will be on campus next week to gather input from faculty, staff, students and the Emporia community.

“The provost/vice-president and business dean are two key leaders who will raise the bar for Emporia State University,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “As we launch these two national searches, it is imperative that we gather feedback from all constituencies of the university and community.”

Two separate search committees have been formed that include representatives of all faculty, staff and student leadership groups on campus; the faculty and Roe R. Cross professors; all three administrative units as well as the Emporia State Alumni Association and Foundation. Dr. John Rich, interim dean of the School of Business, will chair the provost search. Dr. Raffaele DeVito, professor of business education and administration, will chair the dean search.

Those serving on the provost search committee are: Dr. Kevin Rabas, Faculty Senate; Kim Massoth, Classified Assembly; Sharon Brown, Unclassified Commission; Brooke Schmidt, Associated Student Government; Amy Sage Webb, Roe R. Cross professor; Bill Barnes, Dr. Mirah Dow and Dr. Jean Morrow, faculty; Dr. Shelly Gehrke, academic affairs; Ray Lauber, administration and finance; Dr. Gonzalo Bruce, student affairs; Jason Fanning, alumni; and Karen Sommers, foundation.

Those appointed to the business dean search committee are: Dr. Sheryl Lidzy, Faculty Senate; Judy Conway, Classified Assembly; Rob Gibson, Unclassified Commission; Stuart Sneath, Associated Student Government; Dr. Don Miller, Roe R. Cross professor; Dr. Ron Freeze, Dr. Dipak Ghosh and Dr. Marian Riedy, faculty; Mike Erickson, academic affairs; Mary Mingenback, administration and finance; Lynn Hobson, student affairs; Will Ramsey, alumni; and Mark Schreiber, foundation.

The searches begin in earnest next week with a visit from consultants with Witt/Kieffer — Dr. Katherine Haley and Howard Jessamy. On Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, Haley and Jessamy will meet with both search committees, the president’s administrative cabinet, faculty and members of the provost council, Faculty Senate and the School of Business Council of Advisors.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, all students, classified and unclassified staff, alumni and foundation members as well as the Emporia community are invited to an open forum from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Preston Family Room of the Memorial Union.

During all of their meetings, Haley and Jessamy will be gathering input on three key questions:

  • What is unique and distinctive about Emporia State University?
  • What are the top five items for the next provost/vice-president of academic affairs and School of Business dean to address?
  • What qualities, qualifications and experiences would it take for the provost/vice-president and business dean to address these items successfully?

More information on the two searches can be found online at



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