Dean Search

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Earle Traynham, Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs

“Why are we doing an expensive search for a Dean of the Honors College when the end-result seems a foregone conclusion? Why not an internal search?”

Response from Earle Traynham, Provost, Academic Affairs:

First, we have not yet started a search for a Dean of the Hicks Honors College, but we do plan to have a national search as soon as we can. As with any national search, there will be expenses beyond those of a typical internal search. The primary reason we are doing a national search is because we consider the appointment of the inaugural Dean of the Hicks Honors College to be critical to the early success of the college. President Delaney and I have discussed the possibility of visiting with the deans of some other successful honors colleges to better understand the skill set needed by the first Dean of Hicks Honors College. We hope that the faculty are excited over the tremendous opportunity we have to develop the Hicks Honors College into one of the best in the southeast. This search will be critical to that goal, and the outcome is anything but a “foregone conclusion”.



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