Updates on search for campus provost/executive vice chancellor

Update on CP/EVC recruitment

October 7, 2016

To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Chancellor George Blumenthal
Re: Campus provost and executive vice chancellor candidates visiting campus

As you are aware, our campus is recruiting for a campus provost and executive vice chancellor (CP/EVC). In the next few weeks, four or five candidates will be visiting campus. You are invited to attend their public presentations and to provide your feedback to the search committee.

During their visits, candidates will present a CP/EVC vision talk as well as a scholarly presentation that will be followed by a public reception. This is your opportunity to participate in the interview process, so I hope you will attend. Public details are included below.

Candidate names and CVs will be posted 48 hours in advance of their visit on a protected website linked off the CP/EVC search webpage. To protect candidate confidentiality, you will be required to enter your gold password to access the information. Please do not share candidate names, CVs or audio recordings outside of the UC Santa Cruz community.

Candidate A
CP/EVC Vision Talk
Thursday, October 13, 10:30–11:30 a.m., in Stevenson Event Center
Scholarly Job Talk with reception to follow
Friday, October 14, 3:30–5:00, in 4286 McHenry Library

Candidate B
CP/EVC Vision Talk
Monday, October 17, 10:30–11:30 a.m., in Stevenson Event Center
Scholarly Job Talk with reception to follow
Tuesday, October 18, 3:30–5:00, in 4286 McHenry Library

Candidate C
CP/EVC Vision Talk
Thursday, October 20, 10:30–11:30 a.m., in Stevenson Event Center
Scholarly Job Talk with reception to follow
Friday, October 21, 3:30–5:00, in 4286 McHenry Library

Candidate D
CP/EVC Vision Talk
Monday, October 24, 10:30–11:30 a.m., in Stevenson Event Center
Scholarly Job Talk with reception to follow
Tuesday, October 25, 3:30–5:00, in 4286 McHenry Library

Candidate E
CP/EVC Vision Talk
Thursday, October 27, 10:30–11:30, in Stevenson Event Center
Scholarly Job Talk with reception to follow
Friday, October 28, 3:30–5:00, 4286 McHenry Library

Meeting reminders will be circulated via email. Please visit the search website for additional information: position profile, search committee membership, etc.

The search committee and I hope you will actively participate in this important search, the outcome of which will be enhanced by widespread input. Please direct questions about the recruitment process or interview schedule to Andrea Cohen, acohen@ucsc.edu or (831) 459–2380.


August 1, 2016

To: UC Santa Cruz community
From: Paul Koch, chair of the CP/EVC search committee and dean of Physical and Biological Sciences
Re: Update on CP/EVC recruitment

As chair of the search committee charged with recruiting a campus provost/executive vice chancellor to succeed Alison Galloway, I would like to provide an update on the recruitment. After launching the search in winter quarter and electing to continue developing the pool of applicants in spring quarter, outreach and advertisements for the position are in full swing. Applications are already arriving, and I am delighted to report that the applicant pool is growing.

Your personal outreach to prospective applicants as well as your nominations of highly qualified individuals are welcome and encouraged; please e-mail their names to Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni (ashish@ucsc.edu), search firm consultant Alberto Pimentel (apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com), or me (plkoch@ucsc.edu).

In September, the search committee plans to begin evaluating files. The committee will select eight to 10 applicants for screening interviews. The names of those applicants will remain confidential.

Following that, we expect to identify three or four finalists who will be invited for formal campus visits. During these two-day campus visits (October 13-14, October 17-18, October 20-21, October 24-25, October 27-28), candidates will meet with a variety of stakeholders, including administrative and Academic Senate leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and campus supporters. Although we have tentatively secured five possible visit dates, we will only need three or four.

During the finalist visits, the entire campus community will be invited to attend both a public forum, 10:30-11:30 a.m., in the Stevenson Event Center, on the first day of each visit as well as a scholarly research talk and reception, 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the McHenry Library, on the second day. Please mark your calendars. Other details (candidate names and CVs) will be available on the search website as the visit dates draw closer. Public talks will be recorded and made available after all candidates have visited.

After the visits, the search committee will invite and collect input from the campus community (via a well-publicized online survey), evaluate that input and their own assessments of the candidates, and then submit a report to Chancellor Blumenthal who will decide upon a candidate and negotiate to secure their appointment.

Please contact Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni or me with questions.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Paul Koch
Chair, Search Committee
Dean, Physical and Biological Sciences


Search extended beyond spring quarter

May 12, 2016

To: UC Santa Cruz community
From: Paul Koch, chair of the CP/EVC search committee and dean of Physical and Biological Science
Re: Extending the CP/EVC search

As chair of the search committee charged with recruiting a campus provost/executive vice chancellor to succeed Alison Galloway, I have decided to extend the search beyond spring quarter to expand the pool of applicants. The search started a bit late in the year, so extending will better align it with the academic cycle.

This is a critical hire for the campus, and the committee is determined to identify a finalist who can help lead UC Santa Cruz to greater prominence. We need strong candidates and a pool that reflects the value we place on diversity in all the richness that word conveys: academic discipline, professional experience, background, life experience, geography, and personal qualities. Settling for less is not an option.

Details about the search will continue to be posted online, and the committee will continue to welcome nominations, comments, and concerns. You may contact any member of the search committee or Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni. Recommendations and nominations may also be sent to executive search firm consultant Alberto Pimentel at apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com.  

I want to thank Ashish, Alberto, and the members of the search committee for their past—and future—service.


Update on CP/EVC search

April 4, 2016

Dear UC Santa Cruz faculty, staff and students:

I’d like to provide an update on the search for the next campus provost and executive vice chancellor (CP/EVC). The search committee held a day of meetings with different stakeholder groups in mid-February to understand their view of the challenges and opportunities facing the campus, as well as the professional experience and personal qualities they hope to see in the next CP/EVC. In addition, we gathered input from the campus and its supporters through a Google survey. With this information, the search committee identified and discussed the common themes that emerged, which were then incorporated into a position profile that is being used to advertise this position.

Personal outreach to prospective candidates by our executive search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel, is in full swing, and the campus has advertised the position in print and online at a number of sites, including the Chronicle of Higher Education. Applications are already arriving, but I encourage you to nominate individuals whom you believe are highly qualified by e-mailing their names to Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni (ashish@ucsc.edu), search firm consultant Alberto Pimentel (apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com), or me (plkoch@ucsc.edu).

The search committee plans to begin evaluating files soon, and in the last week of April, will select eight to 10 applicants for screening interviews. The names of those applicants will remain confidential.

Following that, we expect to select three or four finalists who will be invited for formal campus visits. During these two-day campus visits (May 16-17, May 19-20, May 23-24, May 26-27), candidates will meet with a variety of stakeholders, including administrative and Academic Senate leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and campus supporters.

The entire campus community will be invited to attend a public forum at 10:30 or 11 a.m. on the first day of each visit. Please mark your calendars; the exact times, locations, and other details (candidate names and CVs) will be available on the search website as the visit dates draw closer. Public talks will be video recorded and made available after all candidates have visited.

After the visits, the search committee will invite and collect input from the campus community (via a well-publicized online survey), evaluate that input and their own assessments of the candidates, and then submit a report to Chancellor Blumenthal, who will decide upon a candidate and negotiate to secure their appointment.

Please contact Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni or me with questions.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Paul Koch
Chair, Search Committee
Dean, Physical and Biological Sciences