Columbus State University’s search for its first provost ‑- or chief academic officer -- has been narrowed down to three candidates, the university announced Thursday.
The three finalists are Cathy L. Barlow, dean of the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; Catherine A. Riordan, vice provost at Central Michigan University; and Inessa Levi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University.
All three are scheduled to be at CSU next week for the next phase of the interview process. Barlow will be on campus Monday; Riordan Wednesday; and Levi on Thursday.
The three leading candidates emerged from an applicant pool of more than 50 educators. David Rock, dean of CSU’s College of Education, was chairman of the search committee.
“We’re very excited about the caliber of the candidates who applied for this position,” Rock said in a prepared statement. “Each candidate has experience with dynamic institutions that are on the rise in the higher education community.”
CSU hopes to have a new provost on campus by July 1.
The job will have broad responsibility for the overall excellence and vitality of the university’s academic life and programs, according to the news release. Academic Affairs units, which includes academic colleges and offices currently structured as Arts & Letters, the D. Abbott Turner College of Business, Education, Science, University College, CSU Libraries, grants & contracts and other academic support functions will under the provost’s leadership.
The following are brief biographical sketches provided by CSU on each candidate: