University of Iowa provost search to focus on longevity
The Daily Iowan
November 30, 2010
While members of the search committee chosen to select the next provost haven't met yet, they are already creating an image of the person they want to fill former Provost Wallace Loh's shoes.
And longevity, strong leadership, and a concrete vision for the university are at the top of the list for many members.
"We need someone who's really willing to think outside the box and how we're going to implement those initiatives," said search committee member and Staff Council President Amber Seaton.
Seaton, who is serving for the first time on a high administration search panel, said longevity is among her personal criteria. Loh, who came to the University of Iowa in 2008, left in October to become president of the University of Maryland. Some UI officials acknowledged the difficulties that come with administrators serving short terms.
"I think we need someone to get in the position and stick with it," Seaton said.