Finalists in the search for new UO provost set campus visits

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that the date of the fourth provost finalist interview has been rescheduled to March 7.

The search for the University of Oregon's next permanent provost and senior vice president is expected to move into the finalist stage this month. 

Up to four on-campus interviews will be held in late February. All will include an opportunity for campus input. 

The search is critical, said UO President Karl Scholz, adding that he is eager to welcome the finalists to campus.

"As our chief academic officer, our provost will play a pivotal role working collaboratively with our schools, colleges and the research enterprise to further develop transformative learning experiences and enhance our academic and scholarly excellence," Scholz said. 

Leslie Leve, chair of the provost search committee and the Lorry Lokey Chair and professor in the College of Education, said a well-qualified, deep pool of candidates applied for the position in a search that got underway last fall. 

Faculty members, staff and students are invited to meet each finalist in a 45-minute open session that will offer both in-person and Zoom options. 

The open sessions are scheduled for Feb. 19 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and Feb. 26 and 28 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the EMU Cedar and Spruce Rooms, 231 and 232. Zoom links are be accessible through the Office of the President's provost search page. A fourth session previously scheduled for Feb. 29 is now scheduled for March 7 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Pape Reception Hall. 

An RSVP is not required. A member of the search committee will facilitate each session.

Three calendar days before each visit, the candidate’s curriculum vitae will be posted to a secure folder that will require login via Shibboleth on the search webpage. Members of the university community are asked to not disclose candidate names or information with anyone outside of campus to protect and respect the candidates' privacy throughout the search.

A link to a feedback survey will be posted on the first day of each candidate's visit. All surveys will close Monday, March 4.

Scholz announced in October his intent to launch a national search for the university's next permanent provost. The firm Parker Executive Search is assisting with the effort.

Parker held listening sessions and sought feedback from faculty members, staff, deans, vice provosts and staff in the Office of the Provost on the qualities and attributes they would like to see in the next provost. The deadline for nominees was Jan. 29.

More information about the search can be found on the Office of the President's provost search webpage