Ken Anderson takes over as Gonzaga’s acting provost | News


After the fall semester, Deena Gonzalez left her role as provost to become an academic researcher and professor of history. Following his departure, the dean of the School of Business Administration, Ken Anderson, took over as acting provost.

A provost acts as director of studies and oversees student affairs. The Vice Provost and Registrar of Academic Affairs Administration, Vice Provost Student Affairs, and Dean of each school and college report to the Provost, while the Provost reports to the President.

“The provost’s job is to oversee all of the functions of the university that make up the student experience,” said associate professor of philosophy and academic advisor to the president Ellen Maccarone.

The provost, who often approves decisions made at lower levels, is the final check to ensure that the university provides a consistent student experience.

A 37-year member of the GU community and longest-serving dean, Anderson was asked by GU President Thayne McCulloh to serve as interim provost. The Associate Dean of the School of Business Administration, Molly Pepper, is the acting dean.

“We have begun a search for a permanent provost,” Anderson said. “I’m not a candidate for this job – I’m not going to apply and if we have a successful search then I’ll be back at business school this summer.”

A 10-person committee, including faculty and staff, a student, and a board member, will work together over the next few months to evaluate applicants and ultimately finalize a recommendation to McCulloh.

After evaluating all applications, preliminary interviews are conducted, which will lead to a decision on which applicants will be invited for a campus tour. The committee expects these visits to take place in March.

“We are now receiving documents from applicants,” said Kent Porterfield, vice-president for student affairs. “Very soon, we will begin the process as the search committee begins to assess and review these applications and materials.”

GU works with a search company, AGB SEARCH, to recruit a pool of candidates, manage logistics, and help the search committee select candidates.

The job overview is listed, with expectations for the Provost to provide and nurture creative, dynamic, and visionary leadership, to be an excellent listener, to intentionally engage with members of the University community to understand the culture and systems at work.

The provost also promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion approaches to support recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts in university and student affairs.

“We want someone who can be a strong leader who has experience in cultivating academic and inclusive excellence and who is able to bring people together from across the university of academic disciplines and from different colleges and schools,” Porterfield said. “Someone who believes in social justice and works actively as a leader and as an individual to promote inclusion and equity and truly promotes justice within our institution and local community.”

Along with a job overview, a leadership profile is attached to the job posting, which explains GU’s history, mission statement, university facts and figures, a description of Spokane, and opportunities. provost’s leadership for potential candidates.

Application and nomination materials, such as a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and five references must be submitted by February 18.

“I want someone who really knows how to build a strong team, to lead us into our next chapter in Gonzaga,” Maccarone said. “Someone who can be both visionary and detail-oriented, someone who can help us as a community, integrate the student experience, both academic and extracurricular and other types of activities extracurriculars.”

Students are encouraged to take the opportunity to meet the candidates during campus tours, as this provides students with a glimpse of what the future of GU might look like, as well as what the future community of GU might look like. candidate.

Noah Wong is a staff writer.


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