Dr. Pat Worden has provided outstanding leadership for the Student Affairs Division for the past four years. Pat was looking toward to her retirement three years ago but has graciously continued to serve in the role. She has led the division through its continued maturity and, over the past two years, through a difficult budget environment. Pat came to the University as a founding faculty member. She went on to serve as an associate dean of arts & sciences and dean of graduate studies and AVP for research before taking on the interim role of vice president for student affairs. We have been so fortunate to have Pat but we must let her and her husband Peter do what they set out to do three years ago. Pat will retire at the end of the academic year.
Under Pat's leadership, Student Affairs grew into a dynamic organization to serve and develop our students. The landscape of how we provide student services and how we engage students and guide them through their time with us is rapidly changing. As we continue to navigate the current budget crisis and look to the future of the University, it is important to maintain exceptional and steady leadership of this vital university function.
In November, I will launch a national search for a vice president for student affairs to attract a broad pool of applicants who reflect diversity, share our values, and are proven leaders. To minimize the expenses associated with an executive search, I will not use a search firm and the search committee will use videoconferencing technology for the first phase of interviews. I will appoint the search committee in the coming weeks and have asked Provost Cutrer to serve as chair. The committee will provide opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet and provide feedback on the finalist candidates during their campus visits.