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November 20, 2017

Provost search update

Submitted by Peter Dorhout

Dear Colleagues,

As the chair of the search committee for our next provost, I would like to express my thanks to all the campus groups who met with our search consultant, Alberto Pimentel. He spent two days with us in Manhattan gathering input about the position description, gaining insight into our campus and connecting with our community. He and his team at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates are excited for the next phase of our search. According to Alberto, "K-State and Manhattan are going to be an easy sell to prospective candidates — you have something very special here."

Alberto and his team have placed a number of very successful, diverse, high-level leaders in public and land-grant universities like K-State. Alberto is working with our search team to collect and compile information that we hope the prospects will consider helpful as they learn more about the wonderful family of faculty, students and staff at K-State, along with the opportunities that await our next academic leader on our campuses and in our communities. We will provide updates throughout the search process.

President Myers has said on a number of occasions that this is the most important hire that K-State can make, so I'm asking for your help: let's get this right. Nominations and suggestions for our next provost are beginning to be gathered in confidence, and I encourage you to reach out to me at dorhout@k-state.edu and to Alberto Pimentel at apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com with the name or names of people in your circle of professionals who are deserving of consideration for this vital leadership opportunity.

We anticipate reviewing files after the holidays and developing a list of potential airport interviewees by early February. Due to the confidential nature of the search, we will not share the finalists' names and application materials until campus interviews are scheduled, hopefully prior to spring break in March. I respect that the timing of campus interviews may interfere with classes and other activities on campus; however, your participation in the open forums — in person or via webcast — and your feedback to the committee will be critical to a successful hire.

Thank you for continuing to make K-State the envy of our peers.

Go 'Cats!

Peter Dorhout