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Finalists identified for Provost position at The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

The University of Texas at Arlington, which has been conducting a search for its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has announced that four finalists have been identified for further consideration for the position.

Following a four-month national search, the search committee for this position met with UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo on Thursday, February 14, and recommended that four candidates be given further consideration.

“I am delighted that the search committee has identified four extremely qualified candidates who will now move to the next phase of the search process,” says President Spaniolo. “We are one step closer to selecting the best person to lead UT Arlington’s growing academic enterprise at this pivotal point in the University’s development.”

The short list of candidates includes three external candidates and one internal candidate. The finalists are:

* Donald Bobbitt, Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

* Ronald Elsenbaumer, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington.

* Jeremy Haefner, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

* Barbara Romzek, Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

Each of the four candidates will be invited to participate in public forums on campus for the University community. The forums are scheduled for March 3, 5, 7, and 10. More details will be posted soon on the University’s web site.

The search was initiated by President Spaniolo last September with the appointment of a search committee co-chaired by two distinguished academic leaders at UT Arlington — John Priest, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Director of the Texas Radio Frequency Innovation and Development Center, and Beth Wright, Professor of Art History and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

The search committee has been assisted and supported in its work by Auerbach Associates, Inc., an executive search firm based in Boston that specializes in identifying and recruiting outstanding leaders in higher education.

“I have been extremely satisfied with the search process and with the search committee’s superb work,” says co-chair John Priest. “I am convinced that we have put forth for further consideration some extraordinarily talented individuals — all of them respected leaders in higher education.”

“Our search committee reflects the full spectrum of the provost’s role across UT Arlington,” adds co-chair Beth Wright. “Their combined expertise and dedication, expertly assisted by Auerbach Associates, have identified four impressive candidates. We look forward to introducing them to the many constituencies on our campus and having the opportunity to get to know them in greater depth.”

For more information on the search, including a position announcement and a complete list of the search committee members, please visit


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