UA Launches Search for Provost

  • August 16th, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama announced today it is beginning its search for a new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

A 14-person committee of faculty, staff and students will oversee the national search with a goal of having a candidate in place by the beginning of the spring semester, said UA President Stuart R. Bell.

“I want to thank the committee for helping us with this important search,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “Their time investment and dedication to the process are appreciated.”

The committee, facilitated by Dr. David Grady, vice president for student affairs, will work with a firm on the search.

Additional members of the committee are: Dr. Mark Brandon, professor and dean, UA School of Law; Dr. John Baker, professor and department head, aerospace engineering and mechanics; Robert Baxter, president elect, Professional Staff Assembly; Shelby Brooks, president, Graduate Student Association; Dr. George Daniels, associate professor and assistant dean, College of Communication and Information Sciences; Dr. Maria Hernandez-Reif, professor and  director of the Pediatric Development Research Lab, Human Environmental Sciences; Dr. Paige Johnson, assistant professor, Capstone College of Nursing; Donna Meester, president, Faculty Senate and professor of theatre and dance; Lisa Rhiney, associate provost, academic affairs; Lillian Roth, president, Student Government Association; Dr. Stephen Thoma, professor, educational psychology; Dr. Marilyn Whitman, associate professor and HealthSouth Endowed Chair in Health Care Management; Dr. Javonda Williams, associate professor and assistant dean for Student Services and Educational Activities, School of Social Work.


Chris Bryant, UA media relations, 205/348-8323,

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