Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Four Finalists for UNO Provost Share Ideas, Plans During Open Forums

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Four people have been named finalists in the University of New Orleans’ search for a new provost. The person who fills the position will succeed interim provost Norm Whitley, who took over when John Nicklow was named the University’s new president.

The new provost will report directly to the president and will serve as UNO’s chief academic officer, providing vision, leadership and oversight for all academic programs, enrollment management and information technology.

Each finalist was asked to participate in an open forum interview with faculty, staff and students.

Here, we bring you highlights from each of those Q&A sessions. Please click on the names below to read a brief summary of some of what they said.

* Michael J. Savoie, dean, College of Technology & Computing, Utah Valley University (Aug. 22)

* Robert U. Fischer, Jr., dean and professor, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University (Aug. 29)

* Gordon C. Baylis, professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Western Kentucky University (Sept. 1)

* Mahyar A. Amouzegar, professor and recent dean, College of Engineering California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Sept. 7)

For more information about the search and to view each candidate's curriculum vitae, visit