Update on the search for the next Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Dear Members of the USIU-Africa community,

Happy New Year!

We (members of the DVC-A&SA Search Committee) are very pleased to inform you that our DVC-Academic & Student Affairs search is well under way. We are writing to provide you with an update on the progress of this search.

As you may be aware, we are entering the final phase of our recruitment effort for the next DVC-Academic & Student Affairs which includes an invitation to the finalist candidates to visit campus. We are in discussions with a number of candidates and have thus far invited three finalist candidates to visit campus. We will inform you as soon as we finalize dates for one or more additional candidates to visit campus.

Thus far, we have finalist candidates scheduled to visit campus on:

Candidate One: January 15th and 16th

Candidate Two: January 27th and 28th

Candidate Three: January 29th and 30th

We are finalizing arrangements for campus visits by the finalists and attached, find the schedules.

We will provide the campus community with a secure link to the resume for each of our finalist candidates on our intranet about 24 hours before each candidate visits campus. We have scheduled opportunities for various campus constituent groups to meet with each of the candidates and encourage all interested members of the campus community to participate where possible.

The purpose of these campus visits is two-fold. First, they will enable us to know the candidates better. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the visits will allow us to further acquaint the candidates with USIU-Africa.

Throughout the search process, the Search Committee has pledged to protect the identity of the candidates. While we can no longer promise complete confidentiality to these finalists as they present themselves on campus, we urge you to bear in mind that each of them holds a significant position elsewhere, and we urge you NOT to make personal inquiries about them but rather to communicate your comments, questions, or concerns, to a member of the Search Committee. The Search Committee believes that these candidates are capable of providing effective leadership for USIU-Africa and are excited for you to have the opportunity to meet them.

Following their meeting with each of the candidates, those of you who participate in the conversations will be asked to complete a form (on-line or hard copy) that will allow us to capture your feedback on each of the candidates. This information will be tabulated and shared with both the Search Committee and the Vice Chancellor as they deliberate on both the strengths and limitations of each candidate.

After this, the Search Committee will share its collective thoughts with the Vice Chancellor – who, having full information on each candidate, will make the final decision. We will announce the selection of our next DVC-Academic & Student Affairs once a contract has been signed.

If you have any questions or concerns about this final phase of the search, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Paul Okanda on behalf of the DVC Search Committee

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