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Source: John English, 785-532-5590,
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Four finalists will be interviewed for the position of Kansas State University's next provost and senior vice president.

John English, dean of K-State's College of Engineering and head of the search committee for the provost and senior vice president, said the finalists are April Mason, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University; Ralph Richardson, dean of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine; Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia; and Marvin Kaiser, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University.

"The search committee has processed many nominations and applications and believes these candidates present skill sets and experiences that most align with the job as outlined in the position announcement. We believe we are presenting an exceedingly qualified slate of candidates," English said.

Each finalist will visit K-State for a three-day interview process that will include an open seminar. The seminars will be 3:45-5 p.m. in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. K-State students, faculty and staff and the general public are welcome to attend.

"At the open seminars, the candidates are expected to present their perspectives on the roles of the provost and senior vice president at K-State," English said. "In their presentations, we expect to see how they believe they will fit in those roles."

The schedule of candidates will be:

* Mason, Oct. 26-28, with a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 27.

* Richardson, Oct. 27-29, with a seminar Wednesday, Oct. 28.

* Grasso, Nov. 1-3, with a seminar Monday, Nov. 2.

* Kaiser, Nov. 2-4, with a seminar Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The curriculum vitae for each candidate is online at

K-State is seeking a new provost and senior vice president to replace Duane Nellis, who left the university earlier this year to become president of the University of Idaho.