profs satisfied with candidates
Donovan, Arthur Herriott and Michael Mezey would all make excellent
provosts for TCU, professors interviewed said. Faculty members have
been talking about the three finalists since they were announced
University faculty members say all three finalists for the position
of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs are qualified
Last week, TCU geology chairman Nowell Donovan, Florida International
University chemistry professor Arthur Herriott and DePaul University
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Michael Mezey were
announced as the front-runners to replace current provost William
Koehler when he retires at the end of the school year.
Although Donovan has never been a dean before whereas the
other two candidates have been most of the faculty do not
believe that lack of administrative experience would cause problems.
Clearly, after careful consideration of some 60 candidates
from across the country, the search committee believes, as I do,
that Professor Nowell Donovan has demonstrated, over his many years
here, the leadership skills necessary to work across department,
college and administrative lines at TCU, Ken Morgan, associate
dean of the College of Science and Engineering, said in an e-mail.
faculty members said Donovan has had some administrative experience
that would help him if he were named provost.
Hes been doing a lot of important high-level things
for years, geology professor Arthur Busbey said.
Although Donald Jackson, professor of political science, does not
see Donovan lack of dean experience as a problem, he said dean-level
experience is a good thing for a provost to have.
Being a dean requires one to work with many different departments
across the board, he said. A provost has to make decisions
about not only one college but across colleges. Experience as a
dean strikes me as a useful kind of experience to have for a provost.
Political science chairman Jim Riddlesperger said he has known Mezey
for years and that he would be a good candidate.
I think hes a serious candidate, he said. Ive
had good professional interactions with him. Ive done research
with him, Ive read his work and hes read mine.
Mary Volcansek, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
said she has known Herriott since 1974, when he was her dean at
Florida International University. He said he would be a good candidate
for the position.
I think we have more than one quality candidate in that group,
and hes certainly one of them, she said. He has
good experience and hes a solid administrator. Hes an
excellent candidate, but hes not the only one.
Jackson said regardless of the individual candidates themselves,
bringing in those with experiences from different institutions is
generally a good idea.
I think a new, outside experience is usually a good thing.
Usually, but not always, he said. In terms of diversity
of viewpoints, I think more is better.
Jackson said previous administrators brought in from outside have
been good for the university.
I think (former chancellor Michael) Ferrari was great for
TCU, and I am confident that (Chancellor Victor) Boschini will prove
to be as well, he said.