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.

  • Update from the Search Co-Chairs

    We are pleased to inform you that our executive vice president and provost search is underway. Given the importance of this search to the future of the St. Kate’s and the interest in the community, we want to update you on the progress of the search to date. We will provide you with regular updates on the search over the next few months.

    You may be aware that we have retained a search firm, Academic Search, Inc., to assist us with our search. Academic Search is a consulting firm that has worked exclusively for nearly 40 years in searches for senior administrators in higher education. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope will serve as the firm’s senior consultant to St. Kate’s.

    President Roloff has appointed a search committee that is representative of key institutional constituent groups. A list of search committee members is available below.

    Maya will provide counsel for the search committee’s work throughout the course of the search, help to lay the groundwork for the critical next steps, work with the search committee to develop the key criteria required for the position, and utilize the firm’s extensive network to solicit nominations and recommendations. She is developing a job ad and position profile describing the key institutional needs and priorities, and a related set of desired characteristics for our next executive vice president and provost. The search committee will spend time discussing and revising the position profile and will take into consideration the range of opinions and recommendations from the campus community with regard to the qualifications, experiences and skills sought in the next EVP and provost. We are very grateful for your suggestions and we will seriously consider your input as we develop the position profile. We anticipate that the position profile will be finalized in early June and that our search will go live soon thereafter.

    The job ad will be posted in a number of publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Women in Higher Education.

    You will receive another update on the executive vice president and provost search in a few weeks. We ask that you visit this page on a regular basis, as we will continue to post updates and will populate additional information such as the search profile, a confidential nominations form, the search timeline, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    If you have any questions or comments at this early stage or at any time during the process, please reach out to either of us or the search consultant (you can reach Maya at mrk@academic-search.com or 703.380.9195).

    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.