WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University is down to three finalists for the provost position. Two-day interviews on campus are expected for those finalists this month.
The chair of the search committee, Tim Zwier, said finalists will make half-hour public presentations and then take part in question and answer sessions. The two-day interviews are slated to start next week on April 14-15, again on April 16-17, and finish on April 21-22.
“We have three outstanding candidates coming to campus, and we encourage all faculty, staff and students to take part in this crucial stage of the search,” said Zwier in a press release to News 18.
Purdue’s next provost succeeds Tim Sands, who will leave at the end of the spring semester to become president of Virginia Tech University.
The three finalists, provided by Purdue University, are listed as follows.
Christine M. Maziar – From the University of Notre Dame
- Currently, she is vice president and senior associate provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
- Previously, she served as senior vice president for academic affairs, and provost and vice president for research, and dean of the Graduate School at University of Minnesota.
- Prior to that, she was vice provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
- She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Also, she is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
- PRESENTATION: April 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.
Debasish Dutta – From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Currently, he is associate provost and dean of the graduate college, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering.
- He is the chancellor’s adviser on diversity and cultural understanding.
- He is a scholar-in-residence for the National Academy of Engineering.
- He is a member of the Illinois Arts Education Advisory Committee.
- Also, he is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education representative to the Lifelong Learning in Engineering Working Group.
- PRESENTATION: April 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin – From the University of Connecticut
- Currently, he is the chief executive officer of the Connecticut institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
- Also, he is director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences.
- He is a university professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, professor of materials engineering, and professor of biomedical engineering.
- In addition, he is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine.
- He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
- From 2008-2011, he served as vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut.
- PRESENTATION: April 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.