International search launched to fill position of vice provost for Student Affairs


Lehigh’s John Smeaton is set to retire from his position as vice provost for Student Affairs at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. In an email to the Lehigh community on Feb. 16, Provost Pat Farrell announced the formation of a search committee to find potential candidates for the position.

The committee and a search firm will help conduct an international search to seek both internal and external candidates. Lehigh chose Brill Neumann as the executive firm for the search to work with the committee throughout the process.

Farrell said the goal will be for the search committee to conduct its first round of interviews and develop a list of finalists who will visit campus before the end of finals, which begin May 10. Ideally a selection will be made so that the vice provost for Student Affairs could start July 1, according to the email.

Anne Anderson, associate professor in the Perella Department of Finance will chair the search committee. Linda Mery, assistant administrative director in the Office of the Provost, will provide support to the search committee.

The members of the search committee are: Ian Birky, director of Counseling Services; Lynn Columba-Piervallo associate professor of education and human services; Kathleen Hutnik, associate dean and director of Graduate Studies; Heather Johnson, associate professor of sociology and anthropology; Rita Jones, director of the Women’s Center; Lori McClaind, senior assistant dean of students, Office of Academic Transitions; Henry Odi, vice provost for Academic Diversity; Gorgi Pavlov; Joseph Sterrett, dean of Athletics; Danielle Taitt, ’16; Greg Tonkay, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies, RCEAS; and Jack Vresics, ’81, ’12P, Lehigh University trustee.

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