Provost search chairs, timeline announced

Tom Huber
Tom Huber
Christina Martinez
Christina Martinez

Chris Martinez, associate dean, Kraemer Family Library and Tom Huber, professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will co-chair a search for the next UCCS provost and executive vice chancellor, Academic Affairs.

Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak announced the two veteran faculty members as search committee leaders following an April 7 meeting. The search will follow requirements as set in Regent Policy 3E. Two open meetings for campus members to provide input about qualities important for the next UCCS academic leader will be scheduled prior to the end of the semester.

“I am deeply appreciative of Chris and Tom agreeing to take on the responsibility of leading this important search,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “I encourage the campus community to attend these open sessions and to share their thoughts.”

Dates and times for the input sessions will be announced next week.

A tentative timeline for the search will be developed by the committee and announced prior to the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Others serving on the committee are:

  • Anatoliy Glushchenko, professor, Physics Department
  • Jackie Berning, professor, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Gregory Stock, professor, College of Business
  • Nina Polok, program executive, Bachelor of Innovation Program
  • Kee Warner, associate vice chancellor for inclusion and academic engagement, Academic Affairs
  • Edward Chow, professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Valerie Martin Conley, dean, College of Education
  • David Khaliqi, director, Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center
  • Zachary Woolweaver, president, Student Government Association
  • Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance (alumna)
  • Liz Moore, ethics initiative coordinator, College of Business
  • Susan Taylor, professor, Department of English
  • David Fenell, professor, College of Education
  • Chris Martinez, associate dean, Kraemer Family Library (co-chair)
  • Tom Huber, professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department (co-chair)

Terry Schwartz, interim provost, will continue to serve until a replacement in place. She will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Schwartz has served as acting or interim provost since Oct. 19, 2015, following a family medical leave announcement by Provost Mary Coussons-Read. In February, Coussons-Read became special assistant to Shockley-Zalabak and executive adviser to the acting provost. In fall 2016, she will continue as special assistant to the chancellor and will also assume faculty duties in the Department of Psychology, where she holds an appointment as professor.

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