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Update from the Provost & Executive Vice President Search Committee

Feb. 1, 2013

Dear campus community,

After several months of prayerful and diligent work, the search committee to identify Whitworth's next provost and executive vice president is pleased to announce three finalists for the position, all of whom will be visiting our campus in February. They are (in order of their visits):

  • Dr. Caroline (Carol) Simon, professor of philosophy and associate dean for teaching and learning, Hope College, who will be visiting campus February 11-13 (schedule, cover letter, faith statement, vitae);
  • Dr. Robyn Driskell, professor of sociology and divisional dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor University, who will be visiting campus February 20-22 (schedule, cover letter, faith statement, vitae);
  • Dr. Randall (Randy) Bergen, professor of psychology, provost and acting president, Greenville College, who will be visiting campus February 24-26 (schedule, cover letter, faith statement, vitae).

In addition to the search committee's interviews with these candidates during the first week of January, the committee has also had many conversations with individuals who have worked with the candidates and know them well. There is a strong consensus among the search committee members that these three candidates are capable of providing dynamic and effective leadership for Whitworth's academic programs.

As you can see from the candidates' schedules, we have allocated specific times for the candidates to meet with the general faculty, staff and student populations. We apologize in advance if those times won't work for you specifically. The committee encourages each of you to take advantage of these times, as you are able, to meet with and hear from the candidates. At a later date, the committee will ask you to give us your candid feedback on each candidate.

Throughout the search process, the committee has pledged to protect the identity of these candidates. Obviously, we can no longer promise confidentiality to these finalists, but I urge you to bear in mind that each of them holds a significant position elsewhere, and any inquiries you feel obliged to make about them should be handled with sensitivity and discretion.

Finally, on behalf of the entire committee, we thank you for your sustaining prayers for this process, for our community, and for our candidates and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either one of us, or Tom Williamson at Academic Search (

Beck and Donna