The candidates are Ernest Rose, Robert Vartabedian, and Michael Vaughan. They were selected from a pool of 82 applicants following a national search.
Rose is the dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining SUNY Binghamton in 2000, Rose held administrative positions at Montana State University-Billings and Northern Illinois University. Rose earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Utah. He is scheduled to visit WSU on Sept. 17.
Vartabedian is Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at West Carolina University. Prior to joining WCU, Vartabedian spent 11 years on the faculty at West Texas A&M University, and was a faculty member at Wichita State University from 1981-1988. Vartabedian earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno and a master's degree from Wichita State University. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. He will be on campus Sept. 15.
Vaughan is Dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at WSU, a position he has held since 1991. He joined the faculty at WSU in 1981 and served as chair of the Department of Economics from 1986-1989. Vaughan's leadership was instrumental in helping the university establish its MBA program. Vaughn holds a bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Arkansas. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nebraska. He will interview on Sept. 20.
As part of the interview process, each candidate has been asked to make a 20-minute presentation to the campus community addressing the challenges and opportunities in higher education. The presentations will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Smith Lecture Hall in the Wattis Building on the day of their visit.
The position became available when former provost David Eisler left WSU after seven years to become the president of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.
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