Executive Vice President and Provost Search

President Roloff is pleased to launch the national search for St. Catherine University's next executive vice president and provost.

Selecting a candidate who will provide inspirational and operational academic leadership is one of the most important jobs we have right now. Thank you for your active engagement in this important process.

  • July 30, 2018

    Update from the Search Co-Chairs

    We are pleased to inform you that our executive vice president and provost search is well underway.

    We have advertised the position in key publications and reached out to a wide range of higher education professionals with a call for nominations and applications. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope (Academic Search, Inc), our search consultant, is building the candidate pool using her extensive network and through follow-up with nominated individuals and potential applicants who have contacted her. This work will continue until our application deadline in early September.

    We invite you to suggest people who could serve effectively as our next Provost or who might recommend potential candidates. When nominating, please complete the confidential online nomination form or forward the name(s) and contact information to Maya at mrk@academic-search.com. Also, please share the video clip in which President Becky Roloff speaks to the special nature of St. Kate’s and what she seeks in a provost partner. The success of our search will depend on the involvement, support and interest of all members of our university community.

    The search committee will begin to review applications in mid-September to identify a small group of candidates whose skills and expertise are most closely related to our needs. The committee plans to conduct neutral-site interviews in late September and will invite finalists to campus in October.  We expect the successful candidate to assume office in January 2019 or earlier.

    If you have any questions or comments at any time during the process, please reach out to the search co-chairs or the search consultant. You can reach Maya at mrk@academic-search.com or 703-380-9195.

    You will receive another update on the provost search in a few weeks. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

    Marcie Myers
    Search Committee Co-Chair
    Professor of Biology and Faculty Senate President

    Jennie Robinson Kloos
    Search Committee Co-Chair
    Assistant Dean for Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation

Search Profile and Prospectus

Learn more about the University, this position, and the qualifications of an ideal candidate.

Search Timeline


  • Search consultant visits campus to meet with all campus constituent groups
  • Consultant meets with search committee
  • Consultant finalizes job description (search profile)


  • Consultant goes “live” with the search
  • Consultant builds candidate pool


  • Deadline for applications
  • Search committee meets to shortlist candidates for further consideration
  • Search committee and search consultant conduct reference calls on shortlisted candidates
  • Search committee conducts face-to-face interviews with semi-finalist candidates
  • Search committee selects the finalist candidates to visit campus


  • Approximately 3 finalist candidates visit campus for 1.5 days each and meet with a wide range of campus constituent groups
  • Background checks are conducted and the search consultant initiates off-list calls
  • Search committee meets to synthesize all of the materials and information gathered on the finalist candidates and develops a report for the president


  • The president selects the candidate of choice

January 2019

  • The new executive vice president and provost takes office

Search Committee


Marcie Myers
Professor of Biology and Faculty Senate President

Jennie Robinson Kloos
Assistant Dean for Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation

Committee Members

Kate Barrett
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Endowed Chair for Mission, Catholic Identity

Lizette Bartholdi
Academic Advising

Mark Blegen
Dean, Health Sciences

Rafael Cervantes
Associate Professor of Communications

David Chapman
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Doctorate

Maakwe Cumanzala
President, College for Women Student Senate

Lindsay McGlynn
Graduate College Student Representative

Rachel Neiwert
Assistant Professor of History/IR/Classics

Pat Pratt-Cook
Senior Vice President, HR, Equity and Inclusion

Ellen Richter-Norgel
Associate Dean for Students and Retention

Rusty Rose-Dixon
College for Adults Student Representative

Tarshia Stanley
Incoming Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Greg Steenson
Associate Dean, Admissions and Market Development

Lynda Szymanski
Interim Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and Professor of Psychology

Sue Trelstad
Faculty Senate Past-President and Assistant Professor of Sonography

Pa Der Vang
Associate Professor of Social Work

Search Coordinator

Bryonie Moon
Executive Assistant to the President

Confidentiality Statement

Search committee members have agreed to abide by this code of ethics.

Nominate a Candidate

Your nomination will be confidentially submitted to our search consultant.


Yes; the search co-chairs will provide regular updates to the University community at critical points in the search. Please check this page periodically for updates.

There will be an online and confidential nomination form on this page once we finalize the search profile and the search goes live. We ask that you carefully review the EVP and provost qualifications and experiences as laid out in the search profile before submitting a nomination. Your nomination will go directly to the search consultant, Maya Kirkhope, and she will reach out to the nominee. The search consultant will not provide your name to the nominee, but you are free to do so.

The search co-chairs are the official spokespersons for the search committee. The co-chairs will provide regular updates to the St. Kate’s community and will address any questions or concerns from members of the community through the duration of the search process.

The search committee is restricted in the information that they are able to share with the St. Kate’s community. The confidentiality statement that all members have signed requires that they not share any information discussed during search committee meetings and that they not share any information related to candidates, even after the search has closed.

As per the confidentiality statement and charge to the search committee, the search co-chairs are the only individuals authorized to speak on behalf of the search committee and the search process. Please contact the search co-chairs or the search consultant if you have information that will be helpful to them.

Internal candidates are vetted in the same way as external candidates. All candidates are assessed based on the criteria laid out in the search profile. The committee very carefully selects the strongest candidates, either internal or external, for further consideration based on the search qualifications and experiences.

Many of our candidates will hold key positions at other institutions and will only submit an application if confidentiality is guaranteed. Members of the search committee have signed an agreement that secures confidentiality for all discussions and deliberations related to the search. For your information, a copy of the confidentiality statement guiding the work of the search committee is available on this page.

Many members of the St. Kate’s community participated in the pre-search visit held on April 24–25 when the consultant was on campus. For those individuals unable to meet with the search consultant, a survey was sent to the St. Kate’s community to allow for feedback and input on the EVP and provost search. The search consultant was able to gather valuable information and insights about the institution and the provostship from the survey results and her visit to campus. The search committee used the results of the open forums and survey in creating the profile for the provost position. Furthermore, this information will be particularly valuable to the search consultant during the recruiting phase of the search process.

When finalist candidates are selected, members of the St. Kate’s community will be strongly encouraged to meet with each of the finalist candidates. In addition to a campus wide forum, finalist candidates will meet with all key constituent groups. There will be multiple opportunities to meet with the candidates. An online feedback form will be distributed to all individuals who have met with the finalist candidates to ensure that we gather feedback on the finalist candidates. Feedback from the community will be shared with the search committee as they deliberate on the strengths of and any concerns about each of the finalist candidates.

Yes, in addition to sharing your feedback on finalists through the online feedback form, you can also share your thoughts with members of the search committee.

The next EVP and provost is expected to take office in January 2019. The new provost may be visible and meet with individuals on campus a few weeks earlier, but the official start date is the beginning of January 2019.