UNO Search Committee Narrows Large Pool of Applicants to Four Candidates for Provost -- Open Forum Interviews Start Wednesday

A special committee at the University of New Orleans has narrowed a large pool of applicants to four finalists hoping to be selected as UNO’s next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Open forum interviews for the four candidates will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 3-5, and Friday, Oct. 17, in Kirschman Hall, Room 122. All UNO students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend.

The provost of a university is typically considered to be the president’s right hand, serving as the university’s chief academic officer and acting on behalf of the university in the president’s absence. The provost provides vision, leadership, and oversight for all academic programs, coordinates strategic planning and initiatives and promotes faculty excellence in teaching, research, and service. He or she also serves as the president’s chief academic advisor, helping to establish priorities and policies and implementing improvements to advance academic and university success. The provost takes an active role in expanding economic, social, and cultural engagement and impact and increasing outreach opportunities. At UNO, the provost will work to strengthen partnerships in the greater New Orleans area, as well as in the state, national, and global arenas, to advance academic and university success

A website has been set up for those interested in details regarding the candidates.

James E. Payne will greet the UNO community on Wednesday. He served as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the University of South Florida, Lakeland, also known as Florida Polytechnic University. He now serves as a finance professor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economics and Finance at USF.

Christopher K. McCord, who will interview on Thursday, is now dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences at Northern Illinois University, where he holds the esteemed Ray and Pat Smerge Endowed Dean’s Chair.

Ronald T. Brown, who will interview on Friday, is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Alan R. White has been dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, S.C. since 2005. He will be the last candidate to speak to the UNO community at an open forum interview. This meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

UNO Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Louis V. Paradise retires at the end of December. Paradise, a licensed psychologist is a longtime UNO faculty member and administrator. He has served in administrative positions as the first program coordinator of counselor education, the department chair, the college dean, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, and the university's first executive vice chancellor. He is the author or coauthor of five books and over 60 professional articles. His research and scholarly articles are published in 40 different professional journals