A Message from the Provost Search Co-chairs

During September and early October, our search committee worked with the campus community to articulate the priorities, attributes, and qualifications we seek in our next provost. Community members’ feedback was gathered through a series of campus visits and a follow-up survey.  The committee used this information to articulate the priorities, attributes, and qualifications for the next provost.  The provost search profile that was developed is available below.  This profile served as the foundation of the search. 

Much of the fall semester was spent actively engaged in the recruiting phase of the search process, building the strongest possible pool of candidates.  The profile generated a great deal of interest in the position and attracted candidates with extremely strong credentials.

During the evaluation phase of the process the search committee reviewed the applicants and narrowed the candidate pool.  Semi-finalists will be interviewed early in the spring semester and a smaller number of candidates will be identified for second round, on-campus interviews in late January and early February.  Information about the campus visits will be shared with the Lesley community via email.

We encourage you to check this website for updates throughout the search process or reach us directly at provostsearch@lesley.edu.  As always, on behalf of the entire Provost Search Committee, we appreciate your interest and involvement in this important process.

Best,

MaryPat Lohse and Paul Naso

Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee

Students on the lawn of the Quad during Autumn
Provost Search Profile

Read more about Lesley University and the leadership agenda for the next Provost.

Updates from the Co-Chairs of the Provost Search Committee

Updates and messages from the co-chairs of the Provost Search committee as well as President Weiss are archived here.

  • January 12, 2018 - Provost Search Update: Finalist Campus Visits

    Dear Members of the Lesley Community,

    We are writing again with an update on the work of the provost search committee. The committee has completed its screening of all applications and the search has now entered the interview phase of the search process. This phase has two stages. First, the search committee will conduct off-campus interviews with a robust and highly-qualified pool of semi-finalist candidates. Then the committee will narrow the pool to a smaller number of finalists and invite them to campus for day-and-half visits. As we noted in our update before the winter break, the campus visits will take place during the weeks of January 29, 2018 and February 5, 2018.

    These visits are important to both the finalists and the University because they provide time for all of us to learn more about the finalists, and for the finalists to learn about Lesley. The schedule is structured so that they have an opportunity to see our campus, meet members of our community, and learn more about the University. The day will incorporate both large group forums and smaller meetings to enable the finalists and University participants to interact in a variety of settings. We want to encourage the productive give-and-take experience that is important for this process.

    Although we are still working on the details of the campus visits and will not be able to confirm specifics until the search committee has completed the first stage of the interview process, we want to share with you now the anticipated dates of the visits and provide a sense of the schedule that will be followed with each of the finalists.

    Each finalist will be on campus for a day and a half. We anticipate inviting 3-4 finalists to campus. The dates for those visits will likely be as follows:

    January 29–30

    January 31– February 1

    February 5–6

    February 7–8

    Please see the attachment for the general schedule that each finalist will follow. Again, we will be in touch with specifics as soon as they are available. We will make the finalists’ CVs available prior to their campus visits.

    Please make special note of the dates and times of the open forums for each of the four possible campus visits. One forum is open to the entire Lesley community and one is open to core Lesley faculty members. We hope that you’ll be able to take advantage of these opportunities to meet the finalists and ask any questions you may have. Because your feedback is important to the search committee, we will ask that you complete an online survey for each of the finalists you meet. The web address for that survey will be made available during the campus visits. 

    This will be an exciting time for us to learn more about each of the finalists while showcasing the University. On behalf of the entire Search Committee, we thank you for your anticipated support for and participation in this important process.

    Regards,

    Paul Naso and MaryPat Lohse

    Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee

  • December 20, 2017 - Provost Search Update

    Dear Members of the Lesley Community,

    As the fall semester draws to an end, we want to update you on the provost search process. Earlier this semester the provost search committee gathered community members’ feedback through a series of campus visits and a follow up survey. The committee used this information to articulate the priorities, attributes, and qualifications for the next provost. The profile that was developed is the foundation for the search and was used extensively throughout the recruiting phase of the process. Much of the fall semester was spent actively engaged in the recruiting phase of the search process, building the strongest possible pool of candidates.

    Members of the search committee join us in thanking you for your involvement and for the efforts many of you made to bring highly qualified candidates to our attention. We are pleased that the profile generated much interest in the position and attracted candidates with extremely strong credentials.

    We are now moving into the evaluation phase of the process. The Provost Search Committee reviewed the applicants, narrowed the candidate pool, and will interview semi-finalists shortly after the break. We anticipate moving to a smaller number of candidates for second round, on-campus interviews during the last week of January and the first week of February.

    We will continue to send updates as we move forward with the process. In the meantime, we encourage you to mark your calendars for the campus visits likely to occur during the weeks of January 29th and February 5th. More details about opportunities to participate in the campus visits will be forthcoming once the committee has completed the semi-finalist interviews.

    If you have any questions, we can be reached via email at provostsearch@lesley.edu. As always, on behalf of the entire Provost Search Committee, we appreciate your involvement in this important process.

    Best,
    MaryPat Lohse and Paul Naso
    Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee

  • September 18, 2017 - Provost Search: Invitation to Complete Survey

    Dear Members of the Lesley University Community,

    On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, we would like to thank the community members who were able to join the focus group sessions last week with Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch, our search consultants from Academic Search.  These conversations were robust and informative which is why it is important that we hear as many voices as possible as we articulate the priorities, attributes, and qualifications for the next provost. Your input informs the institutional profile and position description that serve as the foundation of the search.

    With this email we make available another opportunity to offer your perspective about the provost position.  We invite all members of the community to respond to a survey, available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Input_Lesley.  We especially encourage you to participate through the survey if you were unable to attend a meeting in person.

    The survey will likely require only a few minutes.  Please note that we need your input no later than Wednesday, September 27.

    As always, we encourage you to keep up with search activities via the Provost Search website: www.lesley.edu/about/President-leadership/Provost-Search.  We can be reached via email at provostsearch@lesley.edu.  Inquiries and nominations can also be sent directly to Academic Search at LesleyProvost@academic-search.com.

    On behalf of the entire Provost Search Committee, we appreciate your involvement in this important process.

    Best,

    MaryPat Lohse and Paul Naso

    Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee

  • September 5, 2017 - Provost Search Updates and Invitation to Share Input

    Dear Members of the Lesley University Community,

    We are writing with an update on provost search activities, including an announcement of the selection of a search firm, details about the process, and upcoming opportunities for community input about the institutional profile and position description that will guide the process.

    Members of the Provost Search Committee interviewed executive search consultants in August and selected Academic Search, an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities, to provide support throughout the search and selection process. Andrea Warren Hamos, Vice President and Senior Consultant, and Pam Balch, Senior Consultant, will bring their significant experience in executive search and higher education to the work of our committee. More information about Andrea, Pam, and Academic Search can be found on their website: www.academic-search.com.

    The search will follow a traditional process that includes four stages: preparation, recruitment, evaluation, and selection. The Search Committee will focus on preparation in September as we seek to understand and articulate the university’s needs in its next provost. An important element of this phase includes gathering input from the Lesley community to inform the institutional profile and position description, documents which serve as an important recruitment tool and provide prospective candidates with essential information and insights regarding the institution and the position.

    We will use a combination of face-to-face meetings and surveys during the first half of September to gather input. In order to position ourselves to begin recruiting candidates as soon as possible, Academic Search will be on campus on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15. The schedule for the days is as follows:

    Thursday, September 14

    9:00 – 9:45 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Provost Search Committee Co-chairs (MaryPat Lohse, Vice President for Strategy & Implementation and Paul Naso, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Program Educational Leadership, GSOE); University Hall; Porter Campus

    10:00 – 10:45 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Division Directors, Department Chairs, Program Coordinators; University Hall 3-101, Porter Campus

    11:00 – 11:45 Andrea Warren Hamos with Faculty; University Hall 3-101, Porter Campus

    11:00 – 11:45 Pam Balch with Staff/Administrators; University Hall 3-103, Porter Campus

    1:00 – 1:45 Pam Balch with Faculty; Wolfard 203, Doble Campus

    1:00 – 1:45 Andrea Warren Hamos with Staff/Administrators, Wolfard 204, Doble Campus

    2:00 – 2:45 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Cabinet; Stebbins 202, Doble Campus

    3:30 – 4:15 Pam Balch with Staff/Administrators: 101 Brattle, Hastings, Brattle Campus

    3:30 – 4:15 Andrea Warren Hamos with Faculty: Sherrill 150, Brattle Campus

    Friday, September 15

    10:00 – 10:45 Pam Balch with Faculty; Doble 415, Doble Campus

    10:00 – 10:45 Andrea Hamos Warren with Students; Wolfard 202, Doble Campus

    11:00 – 1:00 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Provost Search Committee, 101 Brattle, Hastings, Brattle Campus

    1:30 – 2:15 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with President, 29 Everett Street

    2:30 – 3:00 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Interim Provost, 29 Everett Street

    3:15 – 4:00 Andrea Warren Hamos and Pam Balch with Academic Affairs Leadership Team; Wolfard 204, Doble Campus

    Please note that there are multiple sessions for faculty and staff/administrators and please feel free to attend whichever session is most convenient for you.

    These meetings are an opportunity to talk about the search process and to gather your input on the attractions of the university as well as the priorities, attributes, and qualifications for the next provost. Your input will inform the institutional profile and position description that serve as the foundation of the search.

    Andrea and Pam have prepared three questions, listed below, which will guide the conversations. Please come ready to share your thoughts on the following:

    1. What drew you to Lesley University? What keeps you here, and what would draw someone to the position of provost here?

    2. What challenges and opportunities do you see facing the next provost?

    3. What qualifications, experience, and attributes do you think the next provost needs to bring, not just to get the position but to be successful as your next provost?

    Additionally, an online questionnaire will be sent to the entire Lesley Community in the coming weeks. If you are unable to attend a meeting in person, you will still have n opportunity to participate through the survey. Inquiries and nominations can also be sent directly to Academic Search at LesleyProvost@academic-search.com.

    As co-chairs of the Search Committee, we also welcome your nominations as well as your input at any time during the process and will continue to keep you current with search developments via community messages. As the search enters later stages of the process, we will have similar announcements about the status of the search and about further community participation as we consider candidates who reach the final steps of the process. We also encourage you to keep up with search activities here, via the Provost Search website. We can be reached via email at provostsearch@lesley.edu. On behalf of the entire Provost Search Committee, we appreciate your involvement in this important process.

    Best,

    MaryPat Lohse and Paul Naso

    Co-Chairs, Provost Search Committee

  • May 24, 2017 - Announcing the Provost Search Committee

    Dear Members of the Lesley Community,

    As I noted in my update last month, we will launch a national search for a permanent provost in the fall. We have been working to put together a search committee comprised of faculty members from all of the schools as well as some administrators. Following consultation with many colleagues, I have asked the following individuals, all of whom have accepted, to serve on the search committee:

    Faculty (8):

    • Jonathan Jefferson, Professor of Management, Director, Business Management Division, CLAS
    • Leela Tanikella, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies, CLAS
    • Meenakshi Chhabra, Professor, Global and Interdisciplinary Studies Program (GSASS)
    • Sue Motulsky, Associate Professor, Division of Counseling and Psychology (GSASS)
    • Paul Naso, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Program Educational Leadership (GSOE)
    • Stephanie Spadorcia, Associate Professor, Language and Literacy, Program Director – Specialist Teacher of Reading (GSOE)
    • Liza Folman, Professor of Fine Arts (LUCAD)
    • Ben Sloat, Assistant Professor, Interim Director, MFA in Visual Arts (LUCAD)


    Faculty Assembly (1):

    • Gail Cahill, Vice Chair, Faculty Assembly


    Dean of Faculty (1):

    • Amy Rutstein-Riley, Dean of Faculty


    Deans (2):

    • Jack Gillette, Dean, Graduate School of Education
    • Steven Shapiro, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


    Administrators (3):

    • Marylou Batt, Vice President for Administration
    • Lisa Ijiri, Associate Provost
    • MaryPat Lohse, Vice President for Strategy and Implementation


    Dr. Paul Naso and Dr. MaryPat Lohse will co-chair the committee. I want to extend my deep appreciation to all of the members of the search committee for graciously agreeing to take on this critically important work. During the summer, a subset of the committee will begin work to identify a search firm to support the search process.

    The national search will launch in the fall and will be a community-engaged, inclusive process. Following the search committee’s preliminary meeting in the fall, a draft schedule for the search process will be made available. Information, updates, and calls for input will be shared with the community throughout the process. Thank you in advance for your involvement in this very important and exciting work.

    Best,

    Jeff A. Weiss
    President
     

Provost Search Committee Members
The Provost Search Committee, consisting of faculty and administrators, will conduct a national search for a new provost who will commence his or her appointment on July 1, 2018.

Provost Search Firm: Academic Search

The Provost Search Committee has selected Academic Search, an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment for colleges and universities, to provide support throughout the search and selection process.

Academic Search Consultants:

  • Dr. Andrea Warren Hamos

    Dr. Andrea Warren Hamos joined Academic Search in 2013. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Hamos served as Associate Director, and subsequently Interim Director, of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. At ACE, Dr. Hamos also served as a co-chair of ACE’s Annual Meeting, work that included the development of programs for presidents and chancellors, new presidents, and presidential spouses and partners. She remains active as a workshop facilitator for leadership development programs sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute, ACE, and individual colleges and universities. 

    Prior to joining ACE, Dr. Hamos served as a faculty member and department chair at private colleges in Massachusetts including the College of the Holy Cross, Boston College, and Assumption College. She also served as associate dean and interim dean of the college at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Dr. Hamos previously taught at Richmond-The American International University in London. She has spoken at regional, national, and international conferences on her disciplinary research, on her work in academic administration, and on leadership development.

    Dr. Hamos received her academic training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned the B.A. in Spanish and French cum laude and the Ph.D. in Spanish literature. She also earned the M.A. in Spanish from The Ohio State University, and studied at the Sorbonne (Paris) and the University of Salamanca (Spain).

  • Dr. Pamela M. Balch

    Dr. Pamela M. Balch has had leadership experience in both the private and public sectors of higher education. She retired on December 31, 2016, as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College after serving in that role for more than 10 years. She also was President of Mayville State University, ND; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Bethany College, WV; Vice Provost for Academic Planning at California State University, Chico; Director of Teacher Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus; and Education Faculty and Director of Graduate Programs in Teacher Education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Balch wrote and directed a 1.6-million-dollar Title III grant designed toward assisting non-traditional students in California. She also helped to obtain a $10 million Title III grant, one of only two in the country, at WVWC, which has been transforming the school in tremendous directions. She is the author of many refereed journal articles and has presented numerous papers at national conferences and meetings.

    Dr. Balch was Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year for California, Imperial County Woman of the Year, selected as an ACE Fellow, a recipient of the leadership award for dedicated service to North Dakota, Buckhannon Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year, Distinguished Alumna of West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services Hall of Fame, and elected into the Uniontown High School Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

    Dr. Balch received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University. She has done postgraduate work at two Harvard University programs.  Dr. Balch joined Academic Search in June of 2017 after running dozens of searches during her tenure as president at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Contact Us

The Provost Search Committee is interested in hearing any suggestions or questions that you may have during this search process. Please direct any suggestions or questions to provostsearch@lesley.edu.