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MSU Provost Search Moves Forward

Teresa Sullivan
Joe Dandron
Teresa Sullivan is serving as MSU's Interim Provost.

The search for a new provost at Michigan State University continues despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The provost is the university’s top academic officer.

Names have not been released, but three finalists have been identified. They will visit campus virtually between March 30 and April 1.

President Samuel Stanley Junior says there were some in-person interviews with the finalists prior to the enactment of virus-related precautions. “That did take place during the interviews before we were in this state of social distancing and lockdown," he explains, "so members of the committee have had a chance to meet the finalists, and the finalists have had the chance to meet people from Michigan State University.”

Stanley adds that “they’ll be meeting with deans, they’ll be meeting with different leaders of the university, they’ll be meeting with student leaders, graduate student leaders and so on. We’ll make sure they have full days, virtually, and I think we’ll have a good feel for the candidates by this process.”

Each candidate will be available for an open forum via Zoom starting at noon on their respective dates. Questions can be submitted before noon on Friday, March 27 here.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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