Three finalist candidates for the position of provost visited campus last week and had an intensive visit with the Mount community. The finalists’ visits included many people on campus, especially the provost search committee. The committee was chaired by Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer and included Dr. Curt Johnson, Fr. Jim Donohue, Dr. Dana Ward, Dr. Patrice Flynn, Dr. Paula Whetsel – Ribeau and Bill Davies.
The committee has been engaged in the provost search process since early September.
According to the Mount St. Mary’s University Provost Executive Search Profile, “The President and Mount community was seeking a passionate and energetic leader who is creative, collaborative and innovative.” In addition, the candidate must have experience in building an inclusive, diverse community. The candidate must adhere to these qualifications among a long list of others, while holding an earned doctorate degree.
The Mount used the search firm R. H. Perry to help with the provost search. Palmer, Chair of the Search Committee, explained that helpful it was to work with individuals who take their job seriously and were thorough throughout this process. Palmer also praised the search committee for holding up their end of the bill in also giving their time and effort to the search.
The candidates only get a quick glimpse of life at the Mount because they are on campus for less than two days. “It’s a fatiguing event for them,” said Palmer.
Their visit consisted of a social dinner event the night of their arrival, and then a full day that included a campus tour, lunch with students and faculty, faculty forum, and meetings with the cabinet and human resources department. They also had a chance to interact with all members of faculty and staff who work directly with the provost.
Administrators from Student Affairs identified student leaders that would be available over the lunch hour to have lunch with each of the candidates. Patrick Fitzgerald C’18, was one of the students who was a part of the lunches with the candidates. He said, “It was an honor to be a part of the search. Each candidate had his or her own special field, however each had an inclination into the Mount. All three candidates were severely impressed with the history and the students’ passion for the Mount.”
After all the visits had taken place, the search committee met and provided a document to the President with their comments about each candidate. The President spent a good amount of time with each candidate so along with his evaluations and the committee’s feedback, he sought anonymous feedback from everyone who interacted with the candidates throughout their visits.
On Oct. 30, President Trainor announced that Dr. Boyd Creasman had accepted the position. Creasman is the current Provost at West Virignia Wesleyan University, and will officially take on his new role in January. The Mountain Echo will follow up with Trainor and Creasman for more information about his position.