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USF trims list for provost to 4

School President Judy Genshaft says she hopes to have the chief academic officer position filled by the end of April.


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 2, 2001

TAMPA -- The University of South Florida's search for a new provost is down to four finalists, two of whom already serve as a university's chief academic officer on an interim basis.

The most familiar name on the list is David Stamps, a former dean who has been USF's interim provost since July. Other candidates are Susan Steele, a vice provost at the University of Connecticut; Ralph Faudree, interim president at the University of Memphis; and Carlos Santiago, interim provost at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Santiago is filling the job most recently held by Judy Genshaft, who was SUNY-Albany's provost before she became USF president last year.

Genshaft said she hopes to have the position filled by the end of April. Each finalist has been screened by a search committee, and will be interviewed this month by campus groups.

The winner will replace Tom Tighe, who was the deputy to former USF President Betty Castor. Tighe was earning $186,000 annually when he resigned last year.

The four finalists include a mathematician, a professor of Latin American Studies and a specialist in linguistics. Three have extensive administrative experience at large institutions. Faudree is the only finalist who has served as president. He has been the interim leader at the University of Memphis, a school with 20,000 students, since last May. Faudree received a doctorate in mathematics from Purdue University and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis.

Santiago earned a doctorate in economics from Cornell University. He serves as president of the Puerto Rican Studies Association and is the author of four books. Before becoming interim provost at the University at Albany, a school with 17,000 students, Santiago was the school's dean of Graduate Studies.

Steele, the only woman in the group, earned a doctorate in linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. She was an associate dean and associate vice president at the University of Arizona, and has been vice provost at the University of Connecticut, which has 22,000 students, since 1998.

Stamps has spent much of his career in academic administration. He is the highest-ranking African-American at USF, where he has served as associate dean for faculty development, dean of the college of arts and sciences and special assistant to the president. He earned his doctorate in sociology from Washington State University.

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