January 4, 2011 — Search season at the University of Virginia became even busier Tuesday.
President Teresa A. Sullivan, in an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, announced a call for members to join the committee that will seek a new executive vice president and provost. Dr. Arthur Garson, who has served as provost since 2008, will leave U.Va. at the close of the academic year to become senior vice president for health policy and health systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
On Monday, Carl P. Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce and chair of the search committee charged with finding a new executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced the call for nominations and applications for that position.
Acknowledging the challenge of reaching people in an academic community during early January, Sullivan nonetheless asked members of the U.Va. community to offer nominations for the provost search committee. Nominations are due by Jan. 18 and can be sent to ProvostSearch@virginia.edu.
"As you know, we are preparing for the successions of two of the University's top leaders – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard Sandridge and Executive Vice President and Provost Tim Garson – both of whom will leave at the end of this academic year," Sullivan wrote. "Finding capable successors for these extraordinary leaders is one of the most critical tasks standing before us this year."
The committee will be broadly representative of the entire University, with an emphasis on membership from the faculty, but also including staff, administrators – including one or more deans – and students, she wrote. Members of "relevant external stakeholder groups," for example alumni, may also be nominated.
Websites for the provost and chief operating officer searches will provide updated information.