preparing for provost transition
provost office staff is getting ready for Nowell Donovans
transition into his new position.
Those who work closely with Provost and Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs William Koehler say they expect
no major obstacles when Geology Chairman Nowell Donovan
Becky Roach, assistant to the provost, said the transition
to the new provost should go smoothly.
Rather, it will be a matter of the provost office
staff adjusting to Dr. Donovans management style
after having worked with Dr. Koehler for so long,
Roach said. This will be a mutual learning experience
for all involved.
Assistant Provost Ann Sewell said the transition should
provide some challenges, although not necessarily problems.
She said one such challenge might be the fact that Donovan
does not possess the same historical perspective of
TCU that Koehler has.
I foresee Dr. Donovan asking more questions than
Bill Koehler might ask during the initial months as
he seeks to familiarize himself with the processes and
procedures of daily operation in the Provost Office,
she said. However, Nowell is a quick study and
I dont foresee any major problems.
I expect he will do some things differently, which
is OK, she said.
Donna Johnson, Koehlers executive assistant, said
she also expects no problems, but that she anticipates
some changes to the running of the provost office.
The staff in our office has been here for quite
a long time and we may be a little too set in our ways,
she said. But I know there will be changes and
there is certainly room for improvement.
Donovan said one way he is preparing for the transition
is by attending as many meetings with university officials
as possible. However, he said he doesnt have time
for as much preparation as he would like.
My teaching schedule gets in the way some,
he said. My timetable is incredibly full.
Donovan said he has also had regular meetings with Koehler.
Dr. Koehler has been the biggest help in getting
to know how the job works, he said.
Chancellor Victor Boschini said he recently spent some
time thinking about how he could ease Donovans
transition into his new position.
I think the best thing I can do for him in preparation
for the switch is to just listen to his questions, his
concerns, his thoughts on the job in general,
he said. I am also prepared to spend lots of extra
one-on-one time with him during his first few months
Roach said all the staff members have met with Donovan
several times to help him learn how the provost office
I have spoken with Dr. Donovan about his expectations
and plans and tried to provide answers to his questions,
and we have started keeping a calendar for him,
Sewell said she is not doing anything different to prepare
for a new provost from what she would do for any other
new person in the office.
Nowell Donovan knows where my office is located
and knows I stand ready and willing to help in any way
I am able, she said. I cant foresee
what items might be most critical to him.
he needs to succeed in this position, we all will try
to provide, Sewell said. I look forward
to working to help him as he assumes his new role as
Donovan said he has been doing a lot of reading and
that he is in the development stage of the job.
Before, I knew what the provost did, he
said. Now Im learning how all that is done.
Donovan said one of the biggest challenges will be getting
to know the boundaries of the job.
The provost has a different timetable from that
of a normal faculty member, he said. Im
used to intensive 15-week semesters, but the provosts
job goes year-round.