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The Vice President for Research (VPR) Search Committee realizes that this is an important search for the entire University and as such, all of the Committee members are dedicated to making the process fair, efficient and transparent.
Last year the search process for a new VPR was initiated, but the Search Committee was unable to reach a consensus on the names of 3 individuals deemed to be a good fit for the University. In early 2013, after several months’ hiatus, the search firm of Witt-Keiffer was retained to identify qualified candidates for the position of the Vice President for Research and to solicit applications. Witt-Keiffer began this process in March of 2013 after meetings with the senior leadership, faculty stakeholders, and members of the Search Committee. The current VPR Search Committee had its first planning meeting the last week of April. As of the third week of May 2013 the search firm received approximately 30 applications which were made available to the Search Committee for review and screening. Although the University has retained Witt-Keiffer, we have been advised by University Human Resources that we need to keep the advertisement in HigherEd open as long as we are still reviewing candidates. On May 28 the Committee met and all members of the Committee reviewed and discussed each individual candidate. Three of the applicants that were reviewed on May 28 were obtained from this advertisement. Candidates who were best qualified and met the position description for the Vice President for Research were identified and discussed.
These candidates (11) will now be invited to the University for Individual Interviews (lasting approximately 45 minutes) with the Search Committee (June 14 and June 27). The purpose of this short meeting is for the Committee to get a better sense of their qualifications and fit with the University and its mission. Based on these discussions with the applicant the Search Committee will identify 5-8 candidates who will be invited to the University for a full set of interviews with all the stakeholders of the University and its research mission.
The Search Committee anticipates that by mid-late July the interviews of the 5-8 candidates will commence. Hopefully, all interviews will be complete by early September and the final names can be forwarded to President Rice for his selection.
Once candidates are scheduled for full interviews, the University community will have the opportunity to review their qualifications and provide feedback in a manner analogous to that adopted by the SOM Dean Search Committee. A Search Committee website will be established within the next several days where schedules, candidate applications, feedback forms, and other information will be posted. We look forward to active engagement by the University community in this very important search process.