Archive for Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Successful search

Kansas University’s provost search committee should be congratulated on its work to attract a top candidate for the job.

March 24, 2010


Congratulations to professor Mabel Rice and her associates for what appears to be a highly successful search and recruiting process to find a new provost for Kansas University.

Rice chaired the university’s search committee for the provost position. It was announced Monday that Jeffrey S. Vitter had been selected for the job.

Vitter has served as provost of Texas A&M; University. Before coming to Texas A&M;, he was a faculty member at Brown University, a department chair at Duke University and a dean at Purdue University. He is a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Duke and a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University.

He brings many skills and strong experience to the KU provost’s office. There is every reason to believe he can play a major role in helping stimulate and elevate the level of academic excellence at KU.

Rice is a distinguished professor of speech, language and hearing and serves as director of the Child Language Doctoral Program at KU. This department is recognized as one of the finest in the world. It is obvious that she, as chairwoman of the search committee, and her associates were determined to recruit an individual for the provost’s office who is indeed a scholar and leader.

Vitter’s academic and research record should send a loud signal about the importance of academic excellence at KU and what will be expected of faculty members and students. This, too, is likely to have a major impact on members of the Kansas Legislature.

Congratulations to Rice and her fellow search committee members and welcome to Jeffrey Vitter and his wife, Sharon.


anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

"This, too, is likely to have a major impact on members of the Kansas Legislature."

HAHAHAHAHHAHHAHA, the Kansas Legislature doesnt give a damn about anyone's academic credentials. Who are the goofballs at the JW that write this silly stuff?

"There is every reason to believe he can play a major role in helping stimulate and elevate the level of academic excellence at KU."

The aforementioned statement is pure boilerplate and unadulterated BS. Nothing will change. KU has been in a downward spiral for 15 years. High level KU administrators are completely interchangable with one another. There is NO reason to expect that a new provost will do anything except pad their own resume. KU is a stepping stone for the ambitious like La Riviere or a comfortable hobbit hole for the lazy, like Hemenway. No one climbing up will take a chance and do anything dramatic and certainly a fat hobbit will not jeopardize their cozy nest by making needed but unpopular changes.

The purpose of the provost at KU is to do the dirty work for the chancellor. Professors are the source of all KU academic excellence, the Provost doesnt have jack-all to do with the people at KU that are doing the real intellectual heavy lifting. No self respecting professor at KU will waste 5 minutes of their time with any administrator higher than department level and there are not a few department chairs that are in the same dreadful category of narcissistic self-serving egomaniac.

Sometimes I think the JW must have Cal Thomas or George Will write their editorials, they are just that inane.

Orwell 8 years, 2 months ago

Well, it could do some good with legislative hard-right types if they become aware that the new provost is the brother of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-LA.

Yes, THAT David Vitter.

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