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VPSA Named Co-chair of Provost Search Committee

Please see below for the announcement from Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston.

Fellow Cougars,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Search Committee for the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. This committee will be co-chaired by Dr. John Lee, Professor and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair, Petroleum Engineering Program, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Richard Walker, and will be assisted by the executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates. My expectation is to have the search committee conclude its work in May.

The Provost Search Committee's role is advisory in nature and is charged with (a) developing a strong and diverse pool of candidates, (b) screening eligible applicants, (c) inviting finalists for campus interviews, and (d) providing its assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each interviewee. I have asked the Committee to seek your input in completing its task.

Please note that the Search Committee membership consists of representatives from the constituencies whose interests are served by the Provost position, rather than representing the organizational units on campus. Members include deans, chairs, faculty (National Academy members, distinguished professors, professors, associate professors, teachers, researchers), professional programs, students, staff, alumni, administration, and the UH System.

I request that you please help the Committee in creating a strong and diverse pool of candidates by nominating qualified individuals. I have asked the chairs to keep you informed about the process and respectfully request that you meet the candidates when invited for interviews. Your input and guidance will help me in finding a leader who will continue to transform and elevate UH and the UH System.

Thank you for your interest and engagement.
Warm Regards,
Renu Khator


Provost Search Committee Members

  • John Lee, Professor and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair, Petroleum Engineering Program, Cullen College of Engineering, Co-Chair
  • Richard Walker, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Student Affairs, Co-Chair
  • Richard Alderman, Professor and Dwight Olds Chair in Law, Associate Dean, UH Law Center
  • Cedric Bandoh, President, Student Government Association
  • Anadeli Bencomo, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • John Clarke, Chair, UH Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Michelle Dotter, Vice President for Administration and Finance, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • David Francis, Professor and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Catherine Horn, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
  • Norman Johnson, Associate Professor, Decision and Information Science, Bauer College of Business
  • Dmitri Litvinov, Professor and John and Rebecca Moores Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering; Past President, Faculty Senate
  • Jeff Morgan, Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Elsie Myers, Department Business Administrator, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Science and Mathematics; Past President, Staff Council
  • Lamar Pritchard, Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for University Advancement

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