Provost Search

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, President

Can you ask the president the status of the Provost Search and why it is taking so long? I heard by the grapevine that one candidate was the unanimous choice and it seems that it should be quicker.

Response from UNF President, John Delaney:

Responding to the anonymous question asked at the Faculty Association and correspondence from search committee members, I wanted to give you an update on the provost search.

Due to the nature of campus searches, the President of UNF is at arm’s length from the search while it is ongoing. This is particularly so in the case of a provost search, where heavy faculty involvement and diminished presidential involvement are mandated by the UNF Constitution.

While the committee has lived this for over a year, I have not. I need to get more people’s take on Carl, and to get to know the guy better. While I truly appreciate the counsel that the committee has passed on to me, I have to catch up on my own due diligence. I recognize that there  is an eagerness to make a decision quickly. But I have never regretted being deliberative over a big decision. I have long told my kids that there is always another house, car, and boyfriend/girlfriend if the salesperson is pushing for an immediate decision!

As such, last month before the break and since, I have been talking one-on-one with various campus stakeholders in advance of calling Carl to sort out any issues or concerns that these individuals have raised.

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