A&M-Commerce looking to fill key positions

Commerce – Officials at Texas A&M University-Commerce are making headway in their quest to fill a number of key positions.

Recently, the Dean of Arts and Sciences Search Advisory Committee held its organizing meeting and are in the process of developing a formal search prospectus, a formal position advertisement, and related search documents.

The search prospectus will include information about the university and the college, along with the major agenda for the new dean, qualifications for the position, and instructions for nominating prospects or becoming a candidate. Once this document is finalized it will be posted on the university's website and on the website of Academic Search, Inc., the firm assisting the university in this search.

The next several weeks will be devoted to building a rich and diverse pool of prospects. Periodic reports regarding the status of the search process will be issued by the committee chair, Dr. Brent Mangus, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Agricultural Sciences Professor Dr. David Crenshaw will serve at the position on an interim basis.

All members of the university community are encouraged to be active participants in the search process by submitting names of qualified candidates or of individuals who might be able to suggest candidates. Directions for submitting potential candidates' names will appear in the soon to be released search prospectus.

Details regarding the search will remain confidential until the President names a small number of finalists for campus interviews. The goal of the committee is to provide the names of the finalists to President Jones in March 2009.

Former Dean of Arts and Sciences Jim Klein resigned from the post this year to serve as Provost at Southern Oregon University.

Last week, some university personnel were allowed the opportunity to give their input regarding the search for a new Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Dr. Bill Franklin, of Academic Search Incorporated, received input regarding the key issues facing the position, plus preference on the qualities and characteristics such a candidate should possess.

Former Vice President for Advancement Sylvia Kelley has left for the same position at Southern Oregon University. Alumni Relations Director Derryle Peace will serve at the position on an interim basis.

A&M-Commerce is also in the process of reorganizing the position of provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. The post is to be divided into two areas: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Access and Success. The search for a new provost is already underway.

The new structure is designed to better serve both areas with more focus and leadership to help make progress toward the university's strategic goals.

All searches are being conducted by Academic Search Incorporated, the same firm instrumental in bringing in President Dan Jones this spring.