Southeast Missouri State University will begin taking applications this month for the position of provost, one of the key administrative roles at the biggest public institution in the region.
Dates for face-to-face interviews at the airport in St. Louis have already been set for September and could include up to 10 candidates, said search committee chairman Hamner Hill, a professor who also serves as chairman of the department of political science, philosophy and religion. To assist the committee the university has also hired an academic consulting firm, Academic Search, based in Washington, D.C.
William Eddleman, the current provost, will retire on Jan. 1. The role is considered vital because is responsibilities include oversight of the quality of academic programs and determining which need to be strengthened, added or cut altogether. In addition, the provost makes decisions on hiring and awarding of tenure.