Officials have begun the search for a new vice president of student affairs.
The vice president for student affairs position was left empty in July after Rick Hall retired after a 40 year career in educational leadership.
Jason Foreman, professor of theater, was chosen as the chairman for the search committee.
“I am the chair for the Faculty Senate, so I’ve worked with them for several years,” Foreman said.
The campus community was invited to complete a survey regarding what they want to see in a new vice president. The committee was formed after the results were tabulated in early November, and began forming a job description.
“We put some leadership qualities and criteria together we want for the job listing,” Foreman said. “We got a lot of good feedback from the survey.”
The committee is made up of nine members, including two students. Foreman said a diverse group of people is necessary to find the best candidate.
“You get different voices in the room to pick a finalist,” Foreman said.
While not every academic department is represented in the committee, the members are considering how the candidates will work with each part of campus.
“We need to find someone who can be really collaborative and bring everyone together,” Foreman said. “We’re looking for someone who can reach out across our diverse campus.”
The committee met before winter break to discuss what qualities the candidate should have, and revised the job listing for the position.
The job posting, which can be found at okcu.edu/hr/careers, was originally posted on Oct. 13, 2014. It as listed as open until the position is filled.
Foreman said that the committee will review all applications carefully, but it is possible that they will hire from within.
“It’s an open search, so we’re just looking for the best person for the job,” Foreman said.
President Robert Henry said he wants the committee to have ample time to consider and review each application.
“As the Supreme Court would say, ‘with all deliberate speed,’” Henry said.
The committee will begin reviewing the applications already submitted this month. Applicants then will be invited to interview at the committee’s discretion. Foreman said there have been a few applicants at presstime.
The committee will review applications until the position is filled. The proposed start date for the new hire is July 1, 2015.