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03/09/93

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Provost search committee named; candidates sought

STANFORD -- A committee formed to conduct the search for a new provost - Stanford's chief academic and budget officer - is soliciting nominations for candidates from Stanford faculty, staff and students.

President Gerhard Casper, who is chairing the committee, asked that recommendations be submitted to him at Building 10, mail code 2060, by March 25, if possible.

The new provost will replace Gerald J. Lieberman, 67, who agreed in February 1992 to serve for up to 18 months as successor to James N. Rosse.

Michael Kirst, professor of education, is deputy chair of the search committee. Other faculty members on the committee are Lucius Barker, political science; Edward Lazear, business; James Leckie, civil engineering; Sharon Long, biological sciences; Gail Mahood, geology; Robert Polhemus, English; Edward Shortliffe, medicine; and Barton Thompson, law.

Chris Golde, a graduate student in education, and Beth Morgan, an undergraduate in history and economics, are student members of the search committee, and Stephen Peeps, associate vice president in the Office of Development, represents the staff. Joan Lane, of the Office of the Board of Trustees, is staffing the committee.

Casper selected committee members after recommendations from the Academic Council Committee on Committees and its counterpart in the Associated Students.

The provost is "the crucial person in university budget matters and must be able to act as the deputy president," Casper said. "Also, he or she is central in the process of academic appointments and promotions and, as such, is responsible for maintaining the highest academic standards for the university."

He said the provost "will be key in analyzing academic and other university programs and in understanding the interrelationships of these programs among the schools."

The deans of the seven schools and the dean of research report to the provost. Among other top administrative officers reporting to the provost are the vice provost for libraries and information resources, the vice provost for student affairs, the dean of summer session and continuing studies, the vice provost for institutional planning, the director of athletics, the budget director, and the dean of the chapel.

Casper said the committee, which held its first meeting Friday, March 5, would welcome nominations of women and members of ethnic minority groups. He declined to predict how long the search would take. Deliberations will be confidential.

In a March 9 letter to the community, Casper said the committee was seeking the counsel of faculty, staff and student leaders (see adjacent text). Casper asked that community members provide reasons for nominating individuals. Nominees should be tenured, or tenurable as, members of the Stanford faculty.

A separate search is under way for the dean of humanities and sciences; that committee is co-chaired by Lieberman and psychology Professor Amos Tversky.

When announcing the impending provost search in January, Casper said he viewed the appointments "as two of the most important choices I shall have to make" because the selected individuals will share with him and the other deans responsibility for the quality of faculty appointments, selection of the student body, and the graduate and undergraduate education Stanford provides.

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