Provost Search

Towson University is seeking a new provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Information and updates will be posted here throughout the search process.

From the President

May 18, 2018

Dear Members of the Towson University Community: 

The search for Towson University’s next provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs will commence at the start of the fall 2018 semester. To support the search process, I am pleased to announce that Shohreh Kaynama, dean of the College of Business and Economics, will serve as chair of the search committee. 

The following individuals have graciously agreed to lend their talents and insights as members of the search committee: 

  • Babu Baradwaj, Department of Finance
  • Phillip Collister, Department of Music
  • Terry Cooney, College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College
  • Janese Daniels, Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Daraius Irani, Division of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research
  • Hayley Mark, Department of Nursing
  • Gilda Martinez-Alba, Department of Educational Technology and Literacy
  • Deb Moriarty, Division of Student Affairs
  • Clare Muhoro, Department of Chemistry
  • Russhell Ford ’19, Student Government Association 
  • Jennifer Ballengee, University Senate
  • Margot VanDenBerghe, Towson University Staff Council
  • Martha Siegel, Towson University Retired Faculty Association

In addition, the finalists for the position will meet with:

  • JoAnn Boughman, University System of Maryland Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs;
  • Nancy Grasmick, Presidential Scholar and member of the Towson University Board of Visitors

The national search firm Witt/Kieffer has been engaged to support our efforts. My expectation is to have the search concluded by the end of the year.

Until the next provost begins, Dave Vanko, dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, will serve as the interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. I know you all join me in thanking Dean Vanko and Dean Kaynama, as well as all of the search committee members, for serving the university in these key leadership roles. 

When the campus community is invited to participate in this process, I hope you will do so. We will share information, updates and a calendar of the major milestones and events of the provost search process. 

I look forward to working with the search committee and our entire university community on this most important leadership search. 

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.

Search Timeline

May 2018: Provost search announced by president.

July 2018: Search firm selected. 

August 2018: Search committee meeting to review job posting. Position posted (for 60 day period).

October 2018: Search firm submits applicant materials to Search Committee. Search Committee recommends candidates to president.

November-December 2018: Candidate interviews. Off-site interviews with top 10 candidates. Campus interviews with top four candidates.

December 2018: Presidential announcement of new provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. 

About Witt/Kieffer

Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search consulting firm, has been selected to identify and recruit Towson University’s next provost. Senior partner John K. Thornburg will lead the search. Witt/Kieffer’s education recruitment team identifies higher education leaders who understand complex issues facing both public and private institutions: resource constraints, shifting national policy and increased scrutiny by boards, faculty, students and families. Their consultative approach to the academic search process includes specialized expertise, a far-reaching network of contacts, and a process tailored to each institution. Stewardship during the transition of leadership is their hallmark.