Provost Search Committee Formed

Professor Christopher Cahill will chair the 18-member group to identify next chief academic officer.

GW Gate
April 26, 2019

Fourteen faculty members representing all 10 of the George Washington University’s schools and a range of disciplines, two trustees, a student leader and an administrator will lead a nationwide search for the university’s next provost and chief academic officer, President Thomas LeBlanc announced Friday.

Professor of Chemistry and International Affairs Christopher Cahill will serve as chair of the search committee. (See a full list of search committee members at the end of this story.)  AGB Search, a national executive placement firm that specializes in higher education, will assist and support the committee.  In addition, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will serve as a consultative committee.

The search committee will meet next week to begin formulating a position profile to guide the selection process. The profile will be made public once drafted. The search committee and search firm also will gather input from the university community in public forums to be held at noon and 4 p.m. on May 1 and noon and 4 p.m. on May 7 in the amphitheater on the third floor of the Marvin Center. There also will be an opportunity for community members to participate in a forum online via a livestream from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7.

The committee will identify candidates for consideration this summer, with the goal of finalizing the search in early fall.

“The next provost and chief academic officer will play a critical role in developing the university’s next strategic plan, strengthening our research ecosystem and enhancing the student experience,” said Dr. LeBlanc.  “It was important to assemble a diverse group of faculty from a wide range of disciplines to shepherd this search, and I want to thank the deans and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for their recommendations and guidance in assembling this vital committee.”

Provost Forrest Maltzman announced earlier this month his plans to step down from the position and return to the faculty. He will continue to serve as provost until a successor is in place. 

Provost Search Committee:

  • Charles Barber, Deputy General Counsel
  • Christopher Cahill, Professor of Chemistry and International Affairs, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Amr ElSawy, Trustee
  • Emilia Entcheva, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • James Foster, Oliver T. Carr Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics, Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nancy Gaba, Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Lionel Howard, Professor of Educational Research, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Eric Lawrence, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sylvia Marotta-Walters, Chair, Faculty Senate, and Professor of Counseling and Human Development, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Toni Marsh, Associate Professor and Director of Paralegal Studies, College of Professional Studies
  • SJ Matthews, President-elect, GW Student Association
  • Vanessa Perry, Professor of Marketing, Chair of the Department of Marketing and Associate Dean for Faculty, School of Business
  • Rachel Riedner, Executive Director of the University Writing Program, serving as Chair, and Professor of Writing, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Judy Rogers, Trustee
  • Jonathan Siegel, Professor of Law, GW Law
  • Mary Ann Stepp, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • James Tielsch, Professor of Global Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Sherrie Flynt Wallington, Assistant Professor of Policy, Populations and Systems, School of Nursing
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Provost Maltzman Announces He Will Step Down

April 11, 2019

Dr. Maltzman will remain in the job until a successor is selected, will return to teaching.