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April 11, 2022: Provost Search Finalist Candidates

To:  University Community
From:  President’s Office

As a follow-up to the Provost search update emails that President Newkirk and Professor Howard sent to you on Wednesday, April 6, you may now access materials for the four Provost finalist candidates on our MyRedlands portal here.

You are warmly invited to engage with each candidate. As a reminder, the candidates’ schedules are as follows:

Candidate 1: Thursday, April 14

  • Faculty Forum, 1 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100
  • Campus Open Forum, 10 – 10:45 a.m. – Orton Center

Candidate 2: Friday, April 15

  • Faculty Forum, noon – 1:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100
  • Campus Open Forum, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 3: Tuesday, April 19

  • Faculty Forum, noon – 1:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100
  • Campus Open Forum, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 4: Wednesday, April 20

  • Faculty Forum, 11:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Orton Center
  • Campus Open Forum, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Orton Center

All forums will also have a Zoom option for virtual participation. Zoom links and a survey allowing you to provide feedback about each candidate will be shared with you soon.

We hope to see you at each of the Provost search sessions.

April 6, 2022: To Faculty - Important developments in the search for the next provost

Dear Faculty,

We write to update you on important developments in the search for the next provost of the University of Redlands and to let you know how you can be involved as we bring our finalist candidates to visit our Redlands campus.

Throughout February and March, the 21-member Provost Search Committee has worked together over many full days reviewing application materials and DEI statements from 85 candidates, engaging in virtual interviews with 14 semi-finalist candidates, and participating in extensive committee deliberations. The committee was very impressed with the number, quality, and diversity of the candidates.

As Co-Chairs of the Provost Search Committee, we want to deeply thank each committee member for their exemplary work. Our committee benefitted greatly from the implicit bias training we received, and throughout the process, every committee member participated actively and with a focus on the mission and values of the University of Redlands. I hope that you will join me in thanking them for bringing to this process their expertise, candid insights, and diligent work.

We also want to thank you for your engagement. Based on the meetings held with faculty, staff, students, and others, as well as the 115 confidential survey responses received, the Search Prospectus articulated very well the attributes and qualities important in our next provost.

We have now entered the next phase of the search, where we will be hosting four finalist candidates on our Redlands campus over the next two weeks. Each of the finalists will participate in a full day of interviews with faculty, staff, students, and trustees. All faculty are invited to the Faculty Forum for each candidate as listed below:

Candidate 1: Thursday, April 14, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 2: Friday, April 15, Noon – 1:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 3: Tuesday, April 19, Noon – 1:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 4: Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Orton Center

Virtual options will be available, and links will be sent to you soon. Candidate materials will be posted on the MyRedlands portal by Friday, April 8, and you will be sent a link to access those materials. Please treat all candidate materials as confidential.

An online survey will also be made available to you to register your feedback on each candidate following your engagement with them.

This is an exciting time for the University of Redlands, and hiring an innovative, inspiring, and transformational provost is a critical step in realizing our bright future. Thank you for being an enthusiastic partner in this process.

Sincerely,

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Krista Newkirk
President
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee

 

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Nicol Howard
Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Education
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee

April 6, 2022: To Staff - Important developments in the search for the next provost

Dear University Staff,

We write to update you on important developments in the search for the next provost of the University of Redlands and to let you know how you can be involved as we bring our finalist candidates to visit our Redlands campus.

Throughout February and March, the 21-member Provost Search Committee has worked together over many full days reviewing application materials and DEI statements from 85 candidates, engaging in virtual interviews with 14 semi-finalist candidates, and participating in extensive committee deliberations. The committee was very impressed with the number, quality, and diversity of the candidates.

As Co-Chairs of the Provost Search Committee, we want to deeply thank each committee member for their exemplary work. Our committee benefitted greatly from the implicit bias training we received, and throughout the process, every committee member participated actively and with a focus on the mission and values of the University of Redlands. I hope that you will join me in thanking them for bringing to this process their expertise, candid insights, and diligent work.

We also want to thank you for your engagement. Based on the meetings held with faculty, staff, students, and others, as well as the 115 confidential survey responses received, the Search Prospectus articulated very well the attributes and qualities important in our next provost.

We have now entered the next phase of the search, where we will be hosting four finalist candidates on our Redlands campus over the next two weeks. Each of the finalists will participate in a full day of interviews with faculty, staff, students, and trustees. All staff are invited to the Campus Open Forum for each candidate as listed below:

Candidate 1: Thursday, April 14, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Orton Center

Candidate 2: Friday, April 15, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 3: Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Hall of Letters 100

Candidate 4: Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Orton Center

Virtual options will be available, and links will be sent to you soon. Candidate materials will be posted on the MyRedlands portal by Friday, April 8, and you will be sent a link to access those materials. Please treat all candidate materials as confidential.

An online survey will also be made available to you to register your feedback on each candidate following your engagement with them.

This is an exciting time for the University of Redlands, and hiring an innovative, inspiring, and transformational provost is a critical step in realizing our bright future. Thank you for being an enthusiastic partner in this process.

Sincerely,

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Krista Newkirk
President
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee

 

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Nicol Howard
Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Education
Co-Chair, Provost Search Committee

December 22, 2021: Update on Provost Search

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.

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Krista

December 8, 2021: Provost Search Survey

Dear University of Redlands Community,

I am delighted to share an additional opportunity for you to participate in the search for a new Provost at the University of Redlands.

In my communication to you on December 3, I mentioned that the entire U of R community would be provided opportunities for input in the provost’s search. Now is your chance to do that. Please complete this anonymous, online survey to share your views: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RedlandsProvost

This survey is hosted by Academic Search, and all anonymous responses will be captured exclusively by Academic Search. No identifying information will be shared with us. Should you wish to participate in the survey (and I hope you do!), please complete the survey by this Friday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the University of Redlands and this important process.

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Krista

December 6, 2021: New Time! All-Faculty Open Forum on Provost Search

Dear Faculty, 

As we begin our provost search, we want your thoughts and input regarding the skills and characteristics that the University needs in its next provost. To participate in this critical step of defining the expectations for the next Provost, we are scheduling a faculty-only virtual meeting. Dr. Jay Lemons and members of the Academic Search team are hosting the meeting, and while I have the pleasure of formally inviting you, I will not be participating in the meeting because I want you to feel free to provide your thoughts.

I apologize for the short notice, but with the significant amount of work ahead of us (complicated by the approaching holidays!), it is very important that you, our faculty, have the opportunity to provide comments at this critical early juncture in the process.

We hope you will be able to participate.

All-Faculty Open Forum – Thursday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. Pacific

https://academic-search.zoom.us/j/82052069079?pwd=OW9HbDdwcjMzODNlRWxJVld4MEEwUT09

Meeting ID: 820 5206 9079
Passcode: 846124

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the University of Redlands. I know we share the goal of finding an outstanding new provost who will lead U of R into our very bright future. 

Wishing a very Happy Holidays to you and your families. 

Sincerely,

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Krista

December 3, 2021: All-Faculty Open Forum on Provost Search

Dear Faculty,

As we begin our provost search, we want your thoughts and input regarding the skills and characteristics that the University needs in its next provost. To participate in this critical step of defining the expectations for the next Provost, we are scheduling a faculty-only virtual meeting. Dr. Jay Lemons and members of the Academic Search team are hosting the meeting, and while I have the pleasure of formally inviting you, I will not be participating in the meeting because I want you to feel free to provide your thoughts.

I apologize for the short notice, but with the significant amount of work ahead of us (complicated by the approaching holidays!), it is very important that you, our faculty, have the opportunity to provide comments at this critical early juncture in the process.

We hope you will be able to participate.

All-Faculty Open Forum – Thursday, December 9, 9 a.m. Pacific

https://academic-search.zoom.us/j/82052069079?pwd=OW9HbDdwcjMzODNlRWxJVld4MEEwUT09

Meeting ID: 820 5206 9079
Passcode: 846124

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the University of Redlands. I know we share the goal of finding an outstanding new provost who will lead U of R into our very bright future.

Wishing a very Happy Holidays to you and your families.

Sincerely,

Krista

December 3, 2021: Provost Search Committee Membership

Dear U of R Community,

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to you with the news that Provost Kathy Ogren will be transitioning out of the provost’s role at the end of the academic year, and that the search for a new provost would begin immediately. I want to again express my appreciation for Provost Ogren and her many outstanding contributions.

I am pleased to announce the composition of the Provost Search Committee with the members listed below. This 21-member search committee represents a diverse group who are dedicated to identifying candidates committed to upholding the mission and values of the University of Redlands. Given the challenges faced by higher education institutions nationally, the hiring of a new and exceptional provost is one of our University’s most important priorities. I view the provost as my partner and a strategic leader in further positioning the University of Redlands as a student-centered, inclusive, and extraordinary academic institution. I have profound trust in this search committee’s ability to identify such candidates.

I have asked Dr. Nicol Howard, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, to serve as my Co-Chair for this committee and am grateful that she has agreed to take on this responsibility with me.

The committee will begin meeting this month. We will be assisted in this work by the search firm Academic Search, a nationally known and highly respected search firm that has successfully partnered with U of R in previous searches. President and Senior Consultant Jay Lemons, Ph.D., will be leading the Academic Search team, and together we will be creating many opportunities—both pre-search and during the search process—for community consultation and input. If you have questions or suggestions, please email presidentsoffice@redlands.edu.

Near the end of the search, in early spring 2022, finalists will be invited to campus for review and feedback by the University of Redlands community. Following on-campus interviews, campus input, and committee recommendations, I will make the final hiring decision.

I want to thank the search committee for contributing their expertise and time to this important process, and to all of you for your continued hard work and support. I look forward to working with you toward our common goal of recruiting an exceptional new Provost for the University of Redlands.

Sincerely,

Krista

Krista Newkirk

 

University of Redlands Provost Search Committee

  • Krista L. Newkirk, J.D., President, Co-Chair
  • Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Co-Director of the REAL Lab, School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning; Co-Chair
  • Graeme Auton, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Julius Bailey, Ph.D.; Professor, Religious Studies
  • Elizabeth Beck ’23; Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Carlos Chavez ’23; Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • David Danielson ’75; Alumni/Community Representative; former Trustee of the Board; Retired Vice President, Academic Affairs, Butte Community College 
  • Kelly Dries, Ph.D.; Assistant Provost, Professional Development and Engaged Learning; Executive Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
  • Donna M. Eddleman, Ed.D; University Dean of Student Affairs
  • David Enzminger ’85, J.D.; Trustee; Committee Chair, Academic Affairs; Partner and Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Kathy Feeley, Ph.D.; Associate Dean and Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Allison Fraiberg, Ph.D.; Professor of Communication & Cultural Studies; Associate Director, International Programs, School of Business & Society
  • Thomas A. Horan, Ph.D.; Dean, School of Business and Society; H. Jess and Donna Senecal Endowed Dean’s Chair
  • Christopher Jones, J.D.; Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  • Heather King, Ph.D.; Chair, English Department; Professor of English; Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta
  • Mario C. Martinez, Ph.D.; Dean, School of Education & Robert A. & Mildred Peronia Naslund Endowed Chair
  • Liesder Mayea Rodriguez, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Spanish; Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Amy Moff Hudec, Ph.D.; Director, School of Continuing Studies
  • Christopher Ocker, Ph.D.; Assistant Provost, Interim Dean, and Professor of the History of Christianity, Graduate School of Theology
  • Fredric Rabinowitz, Ph.D.; Professor; Chair, Psychology Department
  • Suzette Soboti; Professor, Physical Education & Athletics; Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse and Soccer; Chair of the Academic Assembly; Faculty Senate President

Staff to the Search Committee

Jennifer Thompson, J.D.; Chief of Staff and General Secretary

November 18, 2021: Provost Kathy Ogren and academic leadership searches

Dear U of R community,

I am writing to let you know about two important transitions at the University and their impact on academic leadership.

Dr. Kathy Ogren, University Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Director of the Marin campus, shared with me her preference to focus exclusively on her role as Senior Executive Director of Marin beginning next academic year. The integration and advancement of the Marin campus is a priority for me and for Provost Ogren. In short, her relational approach to leadership, institutional knowledge, and passion for this work make her the perfect person and bridge builder to move our work there forward. I am grateful to her for her commitment and for her guidance in this role.

The search for a new provost will begin immediately. The University has retained Academic Search, a nationally prominent search firm that has successfully partnered with the University in the past. The plan is to hire her successor to begin in the fall of 2022. Provost Ogren will continue in her current role until that time.

Provost Ogren served as the University’s first provost, beginning in 2015. During her tenure, she oversaw many important and strategic changes at the institution, including the 2019 merger with the San Francisco Theological Seminary in Marin, the University’s earning of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status earlier this year, and the implementation of the North Star 2020 strategic plan. She was also a steady and trusted leader during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Provost Ogren graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in American studies from Scripps College and earned a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. Long fascinated with the social significance of vernacular cultural forms—in particular jazz, blues, and cowboy poetry and music—she is the author of The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz and, with Professor Emeritus Bill McDonald, Hard Travelin’: Livin’ and Learnin’ in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. In her spare time Provost Ogren performs as a vocalist with the Buffalo Blues Band, which she started in 2006 as part of a Johnston Center class project.

I hope that you will join me in thanking Provost Ogren for her leadership and service to the University of Redlands, not only for her six years as Provost, but for her years of distinguished service to this institution as a beloved history professor, the Virginia C. Hunsaker Chair in Distinguished Teaching, director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I have quickly come to appreciate and be thankful for Kathy’s wise counsel and experience during my short time here and look forward to continuing to partner with her as we expand the success of our Marin campus.

Given the importance of the provost position at the University, we are pausing the search for the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences until next academic year, when the new provost can participate in the selection process. Steve Wuhs has agreed to continue in his current role as interim dean of the College for an additional year, until June 30, 2023. I am very grateful for Dean Wuhs’s work during the past year and his continued commitment to leading the College.

Additional information will be forthcoming on opportunities to serve on the search committee or how to recommend someone for consideration for the position of provost.

In the meantime, I encourage you to take a moment to reach out to Kathy and to thank her for her dedicated service as Provost.

Sincerely,

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Krista Newkirk
President