Provost Search Timeline

July-August 2017:

  • Dr. Christina Lavorata confirms her intention to retire as Provost of Fairmont State University effective June 30, 2018.
  • Interim President Stephen B. Jones directs Human Resources to establish a recruitment plan to fill the Provost position, for presentation to the Board of Governors and the campus community.
  • President Jones recommends that selected candidates be ready for presentation to the new FSU President upon or shortly after his/her arrival so that the new President also has input into the interviews and selection.

September-October 2017:

  • Draft recruitment plan sent to President Jones.  Recruitment timeframe of November 2017-January 2018, proposed.
  • Search committee of twelve (12) members proposed:  Six faculty, one Dean, one BoG member, one Library rep, one student, one classified staff member and one non-classified staff member.
  • HR contacts Faculty Senate President, Classified Staff Council Chair and Student Government President requesting recommendations for search committee members and for their respective bodies to review and edit the position description prior to posting.
  • Search committee established and holds its first meeting by October 31, 2017.

November 2017:

  • Search committee, with input from their constituencies, finalizes the job description by November 10, 2017, and makes recommendations for where and how the position will be advertised.
  • HR and Business Services prepare the position for posting.
  • The job description for Provost and the timeline for the search are made available to various campus constituencies (Board of Governors, Faculty Senate, Classified Staff Council, SGA, the general campus community and the Fairmont community) for their information.
  • Communications press release announcing Provost Lavorata’s retirement and the beginning of the search.
  • Position is posted and advertised on November 21, 2017, with a closing date of January 21, 2018.

November 2017-January 2018:

  • Receipt of applications.  HR to serve as search committee liaison to answer any questions applicants have, and to provide further information as requested and as appropriate.

January 2018:

  • HR compiles applications and accompanying documents for presentation to the search committee.
  • Search committee holds initial meeting with HR to receive applicant materials and to discuss search process and confidentiality measures.   Committee signs confidentiality agreements.
  • Committee members review applications on their own.
  • Search committee reconvenes to discuss applications and to select applicants for phone/Skype interviews.

February 2018:

  • Initial/Skype interviews are scheduled by HR and begin.
  • Skype/phone interviews conclude.
  • Search committee meets to determine candidates to bring to campus.  HR makes arrangements for interviews with search committee and also sets up campus forums for faculty, staff, Board of Governors members, students and community members.
  • Begin on-campus interviews (end of February.)

March 2018:

  • Finish on-campus interviews and constituent forums by mid-March; HR collects forum interview and evaluation forms and compiles them for search committee’s review and consideration.
  • Search Committee provides president with an unranked list of finalists highlighting individual strengths.
  • HR completes reference and background checks and reports findings to search committee.
  • HR makes offer to selected candidate, upon President’s approval.
  • HR confirms candidate’s acceptance and, on behalf of and in concert with the President, negotiates salary and onboards new Provost.

July 1, 2018:

  • New Provost begins his/her duties.

Please note that the timeline is subject to change