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October 27, 2021 - [OFFICIAL-L] Vice Provost and Chief Administrative Officer Search

Dear Lake Campus Community,

Wright State University–Lake Campus is the state of Ohio’s preeminent regional campus located on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina. Despite strong headwinds statewide, our Wright State Lake Campus has continued to demonstrate stability and growth. Strong ties to the local community underpin solid programming with a history of supporting workforce development.

Recognizing and understanding the strategic position Lake Campus holds in Wright State University’s future, the administration is elevating the campus administrator role to that of a council-level position. As I highlighted at the recent Board of Trustees meeting held at the Lake Campus, the newly created position of vice provost and chief administrative officer will report directly to the provost and serve as a member of the President’s Council. This executive-level position will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation and academic mission of Lake Campus and developing, nurturing, and enhancing key community partnerships.

The existing dean position will remain as part of the Lake Campus organizational structure. In the immediate future, the dean position will be vacant. The view is to reintroduce the dean position at a later date as a part of the strategic growth plan that will be established for Lake Campus.

A search to fill the newly created vice provost position will begin next week. I have asked Dr. Megan Faragher, Lake Campus associate professor of English and Faculty Senate vice president, and Mr. Burhan Kawosa, associate vice president for financial operations, to co-chair the process. All faculty appointments to the search committee have followed the Lake Campus bylaws, and we have a cross-section of university and community leaders represented on the committee.

Lake Campus Search Committee:

Co-Chairs:
Dr. Megan Faragher, Lake Campus Associate Professor of English and Faculty Senate Vice President
Mr. Burhan Kawosa, Associate Vice President for Financial Operations

Members:
Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Mark Cubberley, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Academic Programs
Ms. Betsy Crites, Lecturer of Education and STEM Coordinator
Dr. Nate Tymes, Instructor of Statistics and Mathematics
Dr. Matthew Chaney, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Ms. Gretchen Rentz, Director of Student Affairs and Director of Development and Community Relations
Mr. Ed Morris, Building and Grounds Supervisor
Mr. Bill Montgomery, Member of the Board of Trustees
Mr. Jared Ebbing, Community and Economic Development Director, Mercer County and WOEF Board Member

Supported by:
Mr. Greg Luchnenko

This is a vital position for the future of the Lake Campus, and we look forward to your participation in the selection of the new vice provost and chief administrative officer.

Best wishes,

Sue