Chancellor seeks public feedback about provost finalists

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs has four finalists for the position of provost.

The provost recommends and oversees the instruction, research and academic support budgets and assists the Chancellor in working with the Board of Regents and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The Provost also serves as campus liaison with the Provosts and Office of  Academic Affairs for the CU system as well as with counterparts in other public higher education institutions.

The candidates are: David Moon, interim provost, UCCS;  Sheying Chen, associate provost for academic affairs, Pace University, N.Y.; Keith Pickus, interim provost, Wichita State University, Kan; and Mary Coussons-Read, associate vice chancellor for research, University of Colorado Denver.

Complete visits and interview schedules for the candidates will be posted at www.uccs.edu/provost. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will seek input from members of the campus community and, after considering that feedback, will make a final decision.

“The search committee has been working diligently to find the best candidates to lead the academic mission of our university into the future,” said Terry Schwartz, associate dean, School of Public Affairs, and search committee co-chairman.

Moon will participate in campus interviews Nov. 26 and 27.

Since July 2012, Moon has served as interim provost. From 2006 to 2012, he served as senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management and professor of political science. His previous roles include associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, interim director of the Graduate School of Public Affairs and as an assistant and associate professor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Chen will participate in campus interviews Nov. 29-30.

Since June 2010, Chen has served as associate provost at Pace University. His previous positions include associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of sociology and liberal studies at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Ind., chair and professor of the City University of New York Department of Social Work and Sociology, research associate, University of California Los Angeles School of Public Policy and Social Research various research positions and coordinator of graduate studies and assistant professor of sociology and social work, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China. He earned a diploma in engineering technology from Changsha (China) Metallurgical College, master’s degrees from Zhongshan University, China, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Pickus will participate in campus interviews Dec. 3-4.

Since 2011, Pickus has served as interim provost for Wichita State University. His previous positions at WSU include associate provost for strategic planning and operations, acting director, community center for support and research, associate dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, interim associate dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, history graduate program coordinator and as an assistant and associate professor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Coussons-Read will participate in campus interviews Dec. 6-7.

Since 2011, Coussons-Read has served as associate vice chancellor for CU Denver. Her previous positions at CU Denver include director, Master of Integrated Sciences Program, acting chair of the department of physics, associate dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences, interim chair, department of psychology, chair of the faculty assembly, program coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (1998-2007), and as an assistant and associate professor. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

“The search committee believes that the campus will be presented with outstanding candidates, each with distinctive academic backgrounds, experiences and skills,” said Charles Sweet, executive director of strategic planning and initiatives, Office of the Chancellor, and search committee co-chairman.