Provost Finalists to Take Part in Open Forums

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Following a national search, UConn will welcome three finalists for the position of Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs to the Storrs campus in November.

While visiting, each candidate will meet with key university stakeholders including deans, faculty, staff, and students, and each will participate in a 90-minute open public forum. At the forums, the candidates have been asked to begin by discussing their career and why they became a scholar, teacher, and academic leader. They will also discuss what they see as being the most important issues in higher education today.

This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The candidates and the date, time, and location of each of the three forums are as follows:

  • Craig Kennedy serves as dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He will participate in an open forum on Friday, Nov. 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in ITE Room C80.
  • Sam Mukasa serves as dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He will participate in an open forum on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
  • Chaden Djalali serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. He will participate in an open forum on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and participate in each of the forums. Any feedback members of the campus community wish to provide following the campus visits can be sent to with the subject line: “Provost Candidate Feedback.”

All three events will be recorded and posted online following each visit. Links will be sent to the campus community through the Daily Digest.

Following a rigorous interview process, the three finalists were selected by a search committee that included faculty, staff, and students.

President Herbst will select a final candidate before the end of the calendar year, and that person will begin at UConn in the summer of 2018.