University of Toledo faculty members said yesterday they want a provost who will fight for them instead of against them.
The comments were made in a public meeting yesterday to start the search for a permanent provost to replace Dr. Henry Moon, who resigned in May, 2000.
University officials announced yesterday that President Daniel Johnson has appointed a committee of 18 people to conduct the search.
Faculty speakers at the meeting said they wanted a provost who would communicate with them and represent their concerns to the president and the board of trustees.
“The position of provost is absolutely critical,” said David Wilson, an associate professor of political science. “Instead of being used as a club to beat faculty into submission, at a minimum [the provost] should be an emissary of the administration to us.”
Several speakers said the faculty have seen their role in the governance of the university diminish.
The meeting was moderated by Allan Ostar, a consultant for Academic Search Consultation Service of Washington, which has been hired by Dr. Johnson to coordinate the provost search.
Dr. William Free, an English professor, has been interim provost since Dr. Moon's departure.
Mr. Ostar said he expects to bring up to five finalists to campus for interviews the week of Nov. 4, with appointment of a provost in time for the second semester.
Co-chairing the search are Carol Menning, professor of history and chair of the faculty senate, and William Decatur, vice president for finance and administration. Dr. Johnson appointed one person from outside the university - Amira Gohara, provost of Medical College of Ohio - and plans to appoint another.
Additional committee members from UT are: