Meeting to address what we want in the next provost

Dec. 3, 2013

by Käri Knutson

Members of the campus community will have an opportunity to say what qualities they would like to see in the next provost at a town hall meeting Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union South.

Provost’s office door

The successful candidate will succeed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul M. DeLuca, Jr., who announced in June that he will return to the faculty. DeLuca is a professor of medical physics and former vice dean for research and graduate studies in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and has served as provost since June 2009. He will remain provost through the transition.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the commitment and experience of Provost DeLuca, who has been instrumental in keeping this big, complex institution moving forward for the better part of the past five years” says Joan Schmit, chair of the committee and professor at the Wisconsin School of Business. “The provost is critical to the success of the institution. That is why we want and need the input of the campus community to determine the key qualities of our next great provost of UW-Madison.”

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the curricular, student and faculty life on campus. In this role, the provost serves as the chancellor's partner in articulating and implementing a vision for UW-Madison. In the absence of the chancellor, the provost assumes the role of chief executive.

The provost works closely with the deans and with campus leadership, including faculty, staff and students, to design and implement the programs, organizational structure and resource distribution to deliver on the university's threefold mission of education, research and outreach.

The search timetable calls for the committee to identify finalists during spring semester. The list of finalists will be presented to Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who will select the provost.

Staff members may attend the town hall meeting without loss of pay after receiving approval from their supervisor.