Three candidates to have campus interviews for Provost opening
Lewis-Clark State College will bring three candidates to campus to interview for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs during the month of June, LCSC President Anthony (Tony) Fernandez has announced.
The three candidates are Dana Thomas, the Vice Provost at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cheryl Lovell, Chief Academic Officer for the state of Colorado, and Carmen Simone, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Casper College in Wyoming.
The position officially opened on March 2, when Fernandez was named presidents at Lewis-Clark State College. Fernandez had been serving as interim president since July 1 of 2010 after former president Dene K. Thomas resigned to become president at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Fernandez had been Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs until July 1. He was replaced on an interim basis as provost by Rob Lohrmeyer, who also is Dean of Professional-Technical programs.
Thomas will visit the LCSC campus on June 20-21, followed by Lovell on June 23-24. Simone will be the final candidate on campus on June 27-28. All three will make public presentations at 10 a.m. on the second day of their visits in Sacajawea Hall room 112. The public is invited to attend these forums and provide feedback. An online feedback form is available on the web site http://www.lcsc.edu/provostsearch/
Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UA Fairbanks in 1974, and then his Master's and Ph.D from Oregon State University. After graduation, he served as an assistant professor, associate professor and then as a professor of statistics at UA Fairbanks. Three times, he has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In 2006, he became Dean of the Division of General Studies and Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Lovell earned a BA in Political Science and Pre-Law, and a Master's in Guidance and Counseling for Higher Education from West Georgia, and then earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Florida State University. She worked at West George, East Texas State, and the University of Arkansas before becoming an adjunct professor with the University of Denver in 1993. She then served as an assistant professor, associate professor, and then professor in the Higher Education Program at the University of Denver. She also was the Assistant Dean to the College of Education during 1999-2001 and Associate Dean of the Morgridge College of Education at Denver during 2001-2009. In Feb. of 2010, she took her current position as Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado Department of Education. She also still continues to teach classes at Denver.
Simone has been the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Casper since July 2004. During the previous four years, she served as Chair for the Physical Science Division and also was Chair of the Faculty Senate for nearly three years. Simone was a Chemistry instructor for 11 years at Casper and also an assistant professor for 10 years at Colorado State University, teaching summer Chemistry classes. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of North Dakota, and then her Ph.D. from Colorado State.
Fernandez convened a provost search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community representatives in March. The committee reviewed applications and conducted phone interviews and reference checks before identifying a small pool of candidates for Fernandez to extend an invitation for a campus interview.