TCU Daily Skiff Wednesday, February 11, 2004
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Boschini to announce hire this week
The new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs will be announced by the end of the week.

By Julia Mae Jorgensen
Staff Reporter

A new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs will be named this week, Chancellor Victor Boschini said.

“I want to do this as judicially as possible,” Boschini said.

Feedback forms about each candidate were filled out by students, administrators and faculty. Boschini said he would review them before making his final decision. Once he receives all necessary information, Boschini said he will meet with the provost search committee one more time.

“Sometime after that meeting, I will make a decision,” Boschini said.

Nowell Donovan, chairman of the TCU geology department, is one of three final candidates for provost. He was the last candidate to interview for the position and said he isn’t nervous about the announcement and will just wait and see.

“It was an enjoyable experience,” Donovan said. “I have no idea when or how it (the decision) will come.”

All parts of the interviewing process were complete as of 3 p.m. Thursday, said Nadia Lahutsky, who chairs the provost search committee.

The final provost candidates are Donovan; Arthur W. Herriott, a professor of chemistry and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University in Miami; and Michael L. Mezey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at DePaul University in Chicago.

Interviews spanned a period of two weeks and Lahutsky said the candidates added their own personalities to their individual interviews.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” she said. “I remain convinced any of the three would bring strengths to this campus.”

The final decision is in the hands of the chancellor, Lahutsky said, because the provost and the chancellor work so closely together.

“The chancellor really has to feel comfortable,” she said. “It’s such an enormous responsibility.”
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