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VP Candidates Address
Campus, Community in Open Sessions
On Thursday, the first candidate in the search for a
permanent Vice President for Student Services will meet with administrators,
students and the screening committee for the position. Dr. Richard “Deacon”
Meier, like the two other candidates will have a full day, starting with
meetings with the Vice President for Administrative Services Dean Froehlich
and President Dene Thomas.
Meier has served as interim vice president since late in 2000. The search
for a permanent administrator went on hold until the institution’s permanent
president was seated. Since Thomas’ arrival last August, the search process
has been prolonged in the midst of a spate of higher education funding cuts.
The position is a long-standing, vital role that oversees a wide range of
services to enrolled and prospective students.
Three candidates are scheduled to visit the campus and interview for the
position, starting with Meier on Thursday, followed by Dr. Michael Whiteman
on Monday, April 1st and Dr. Joanna Blount on Friday, April 5th. All three
candidates will have similar schedules and be making a presentation,
followed by an open forum starting at 3:30 p.m. on the days of their
interviews. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend.
Meier brings over twenty-nine years of experience in university student
affairs administration, including more than 23 spent as an assistant,
associate, or chief student affairs officer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Psychology at Linfield College, a Master of Education Degree in
Student Personnel Administration at Western Washington University and his
doctorate in Educational Leadership at Seattle University. Before coming to
Lewis-Clark State, Meier was the Associate Vice President for Student
Affairs at Central Washington University.
Whiteman comes into the search as the Interim Vice Provost for Academic
Affairs at the University of Idaho. He lists his experience at UI, serving
in key enrollment management and student retention units, as well as having
responsibility for various international programs among the qualifications
he would bring to the position. Whiteman earned a Bachelor of Science in
Zoology from Albertson College of Idaho and served in the U.S. Peace Corps
before earning a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns
Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, in Washington
D.C. Whiteman earned his Ph.D. in Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences at
the University of Idaho.
Blount is the current Associate Dean of Student Services/Registrar at
Southwestern Oregon Community College. She brings experience planning for
and delivering services to a 15,000 student campus with a branch campus and
ten outreach sites. She has been responsible for various aspects of student
advising, counseling, testing and registration, along with providing online
distance learning services, career counseling, placement and transfer
functions, high school relations and other enrollment management activities.
Blount earned an Associate of Arts in Social Sciences and Humanities at
Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer, Alaska, followed by a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Psychology at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She completed
her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology at
Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and her Ed.D. in Community College
Leadership at Oregon State University in Corvallis
Froehlich chairs the search committee charged with screening applicants. He
is inviting all interested members of the campus and local communities to
attend the candidates’ presentations and forum sessions. Sessions for Meier
and Blount will take place in the Library Telecommunications Center on the
LCSC campus, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Whiteman’s is slated for room 130 in
Meriwether Lewis Hall. The dates for each candidate are as follows:
Dr. Richard “Deacon Meier – Thursday, March 21 (Library
Dr. Michael Whiteman – Monday, April 1 (Meriwether Lewis
Dr. Joanna Blount – Friday, April 5 (Library
For more information, contact the Office of the Vice
President for Administrative Services at 208/792-2240.