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Provost Search Committee Announcements

February 2, 2022
Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that I am appointing a 16-member search committee co-chaired by Drs. Catherine Horn and Ramanan Krishnamoorti to begin our national search for the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the UH System/UH. The Search Committee will be assisted by SP&A Executive Search firm and will complete its work during the spring semester with the hope of filling the position by summer 2022. I thank the committee members for undertaking this very important task. The full list of committee members is below.

Committee Members List

I am charging the Search Committee to (a) develop a strong and diverse pool of candidates, (b) screen eligible applicants, (c) invite finalists for campus interviews and (d) provide its assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each interviewee. I have asked the committee to seek your input in completing its task and I ask you to please help them create a strong and diverse pool of candidates by nominating qualified individuals. The chairs of the committee are committed to keeping you informed with regular updates on the process and progress of the search.

I would like to remind you that this position is critically important in ensuring the continued transformation of the University of Houston and the UH System. We need a leader and a partner who believes in shared governance, is committed to student success, understands the importance of impactful research and is not afraid of our aspirations. Please help me and the Search Committee in finding such a leader by nominating strong candidates and meeting with finalists.

Thank you for your interest and engagement.

Warm regards,

Renu Khator

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Provost Search Extended

We had hoped to fill the position of the provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs by mid-May; however, the condensed timeline made it impossible to secure a sufficient number of strong candidates to give us some real options. After a lengthy discussion with search chairs and the search firm, we feel that more time needs to be devoted to the search. I must say that the committee has done a splendid job but the task is challenging given the enormity and complexity of the position. The search will continue through summer and fall months. I will be back with a communication in July to announce an interim provost.


Renu Khator

Search Prospectus

Committee Members


Catherine Horn, Professor and Chair,
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer and Professor,
William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering


Loren Blanchard, President,
University of Houston-Downtown

Vallabh Das, Faculty Senate President,
Professor and Chair, Department of Vision Sciences, College of Optometry

Fleurette Fernando, Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs;
Director, MA Program in Arts Leadership,
Instructional Assistant Professor, Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts

Scott Gilbertson, Professor,
Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Athena Jackson, Dean,
UH Libraries

Norman Johnson, Professor and Chair,
Department of Decision and Information Sciences, C. T. Bauer College of Business

Elias Loria, President,
Graduate and Professional Student Association

Fatima Merchant, Professor and Chair,
Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology

Jay Neal, Associate Professor,
Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership;
Associate Vice President,
Academic Affairs and Chief Operating Officer for UH at Sugar Land and UH at Katy

Dan O'Connor, Dean and Professor,
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Jessica Roberts, Professor,
UH Law Center

Mario Romero-Ortega, Professor,
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering

Donell Young, Associate Vice President,
Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Ruiwen Zhang, Professor,
Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Public Timeline

  • February
    • Finalize prospectus and make publicly available; launch web page; solicit nominations
  • March
    • Conduct listening tour to ensure understanding of communities' desired knowledge, skills, and attributes; build applicant pool; develop rubrics and evaluation method
  • September
    • Review applicants and conduct first-round interviews
  • Fall
    • Bring finalists to campus


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