The search for IU Bloomington’s next chief academic officer was officially announced Tuesday. Current interim provost Michael McRobbie will vacate that position to start as president of the university on July 1, and officials hope to have the new provost start on the job the following day.
Law professor and search committee chair Fred Cate says it will be a lot of work to screen and select a new candidate in such a short time. But he says he agrees with the decision to conduct an exclusively internal search for the new provost, thus eliminating the need to involve an outside search firm. According to the official position announcement, the committee is seeking a tenured professor with senior administrative experience. Cate says academic credentials are important to him, but he’s also looking at personality.
The committee will begin reviewing candidates on May 17. Cate will be joined on the search by at least 11 other prominent members of various campus constituencies, including School of Music distinguished professor David Baker, and CWA Local 47-30 president Peter Kaczmarczyk.