Four finalists in LSU’s search for a new executive vice president and provost will take part in on-campus interviews in the coming weeks.
Former Provost Stuart Bell recently left LSU to become the new president at the University of Alabama.
A national search has led LSU leaders to the four people to interview for the job -- a West Virginia University professor; LSU’s interim academic leader; a strategic adviser to the president of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; and a Northeastern University professor.
According to the search committee, candidates will each speak at an open forum. An online survey will be used for attendees to provide feedback.
Here’s the interview schedule:
--Nov. 3-4: Michelle Wheatly of West Virginia University.
Wheatly, a biology professor and former WVU provost, will take part in an open forum 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the 103 Design Auditorium in the LSU College of Art & Design.
A former dean of science and math and chair of biology at Wright State University, she has also previously worked at the University of Florida. She has a doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from the Birmingham University in the U.K, and postdoctoral training from the University of Calgary. According to LSU’s search committee, Wheatly’s research interests include the logic of epithelial calcium transport and access to STEM careers.
--Nov. 5-6: Richard Koubek of LSU.
Koubek, who has been serving as interim provost since Bell left, will take part in an open forum 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the 103 Design Auditorium in the LSU College of Art & Design.
Koubek was named dean of LSU’s College of Engineering in 2009. He previously was a professor and department head at Pennsylvania State University. He previously taught at Wright State University and Purdue University. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Purdue and bachelor’s degrees from Oral Roberts University and Northeastern Illinois University.
--Nov. 10-11: John Valery White of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
White, who is a strategic adviser to the UNLV president and law school professor, will take part in an open forum open forum 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the 103 Design Auditorium in the LSU College of Art & Design.
White, a former professor at LSU’s Law Center, spent three years as executive vice president and provost at UNLV, where he first went to serve as law dean. He was reportedly passed over for UNLV president during a search last year.
A Plaisance, Louisiana native, he has a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and a law degree from Yale.
--Nov. 12-13: John Murray Gibson of Northeastern University.
Gibson, a physics professor and former dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University, will take part in an open forum 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov 12 in the 103 Design Auditorium in the LSU College of Art & Design.
He previously served as director of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and spent seven years as a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He began his career at IBM Research and also worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories.
He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in England.