Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
I hope this email finds you well and surrounded by family and friends as we begin our University’s Winter Break.
I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the positive developments of the University’s Provost Search.
Since I announced our Provost Search Committee, the Committee has been hard at work reviewing key position qualifications and the hiring timeline to have an outstanding new Provost in place by Fall 2022. We have been assisted in our work by Academic Search, the search firm hired to partner with us.
In our first Committee meeting on December 14, I outlined the charge to the Search Committee and articulated our objective for conducting a search that yields the most talented and diverse pool of candidates possible. Each member of the Search Committee has signed a Code of Ethics pledging that strict confidentiality will be observed throughout the confidential portion of the search process and in perpetuity to protect all applicants, nominees, and prospective applicants. It is an essential element of a highly successful search process.
We have also worked to include you, our entire U of R community, in this process.
Two weeks ago, Academic Search met with almost 100 members of our University community in eight one-hour virtual meetings. You were also encouraged to complete an anonymous, online survey hosted by Academic Search, and we were delighted to learn that 115 completed surveys were submitted.
Your contributions have been important to our work. The insights gathered have been summarized in a position Prospectus that defines the qualifications, experiences, and skills sought in our next provost. You can find the Prospectus and other search resources on the University of Redlands provost search website: www.redlands.edu/provostsearch.
We encourage you to share the Prospectus widely. Advertising in a range of higher education publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education, will begin soon. If you wish to submit a nomination, please email: RedlandsProvost@academicsearch.org
I will continue to update you at significant stages of the search process.
Thank you again for your ongoing dedication to the University of Redlands and continued support for the Provost’s search. I hope that you are enjoying your highly deserved Holiday Break, and I extend my very warmest holiday wishes to you and your families.