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Finalist for vice president for student success position to hold open forum

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:15 am
Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater

Educators from universities in New York, Minnesota, California, Washington and Arizona are finalists for the position of Montana State University vice president for student success, MSU officials announced today.

 

The candidates will visit campus for interviews and open forums from March 20 - April 1.

 

The finalists are, in order of their visit to campus: Leah Barrett, assistant vice president for student affairs at The College at Brockport, State University of New York; Chris Kearns, assistant dean for student services in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota; Tim Quinnan, associate vice president for campus life at San Diego State University; Sarah Swager, dean of student success at Central Washington University; and David Bousquet, senior vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Northern Arizona University.

 

Terry Leist, MSU's vice president for administration and finance and chair of the 15-member committee searching for MSU's vice president of student success, said each of the finalists impressed the committee during the extensive application and review process.

 

"This is a dynamic and experienced group of finalists," Leist said. "Our next vice president will play a critical leadership role in continuing MSU's reputation as a student-centered university and supporting students in their academic performance while increasing their retention and graduation rates. We invite the campus and community to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the search committee."

 

Leist said the MSU vice president for student success provides oversight, management and strategic planning for the university's student success division. He added that the mission of Student Success is to enhance the learning environment of the university; support students in the attainment of their educational objectives; foster in students a sense of responsibility, self-directedness, community and a positive identity with MSU. The vice president is also a member of MSU's senior leadership team and reports to MSU President Waded Cruzado.

 

A summary of the candidates' backgrounds, and date and time of each of their public forums follows:

 

Leah Barrett, assistant vice president for student affairs at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Barrett has held positions at Boise State University, Valparaiso University, Arizona State University and University of Wyoming. Barrett has a master's degree from the University of Wyoming and will complete her doctorate in education from St. John Fisher College in August.  Barrett's open forum will be held at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, March 20, in the Procrastinator Theatre in the SUB.

 

To read Barrett's full vita, click here.

 

Chris Kearns, assistant dean for student services in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.  Kearns also held positions at Indiana University.  Kearns has a master's degree as well as a doctorate in comparative literature from Indiana University.  Kearn's open forum will be held at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, March 26, in the Procrastinator Theatre.

 

To read Kearns' full vita, click here.

 

Tim Quinnan, associate vice president for campus life at San Diego State University. Previously, Quinnan held positions at Stark State College, Florida State University, University of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, The Union Institute and University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Xavier University.  Quinnan has a master's degree from Miami University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the Union Institute.  Quinnan's open forum will be held at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, March 27, in the Procrastinator Theatre.

 

To read Quinnan's full vita, click here.

 

Sarah Swager, dean of student success at Central Washington University.  Swager also has held positions at Randolph College, Coker College, Claremont McKenna College, Colby College and the University of Miami.  Swager has a master's degree from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.  Swager's open forum will be held at 11:15 a.m., Monday, March 31, in room 233 of the SUB.

 

To read Swager's full vita, click here.

 

David Bousquet, senior vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Northern Arizona University.  Previously, Bousquet held positions at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Bousquet has both his master's and a doctorate (ABD) in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Bousquet's open forum will be held at 10:15 am, Tuesday, April 1, in room 168 of the SUB.

 

To read Bousquet's full vita, click here:

 

Leist said MSU hopes to have a new VP in place no later than July 1.  Robert Marley currently serves as interim vice president for student success.


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