Southeastern interviewing candidates for Provost Position
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Three finalist candidates for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University will be interviewed at the university over the next several weeks.
The candidates include Peter J. Fos, current provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler; Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern; and Roger R. McNeil, founding dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus.
Randy Settoon, dean of the Southeastern College of Business and chair of the Southeastern search committee, said the candidates will be interviewed by members of the university administration and will also meet with groups such as the Dean’s Council, the university’s academic affairs staff, college deans and department heads, and faculty members.
The position, which is the chief academic position on campus, became vacant when current President John L. Crain assumed the position of interim president in July 2008.
Fos is being interviewed Nov. 17-19. He has served as UT-Tyler’s provost and professor of nursing, health and kinesiology since June 2008. A former dean of the College of Health at the University of Southern Mississippi, he holds a doctorate in health care decision analysis and a master of public health degree from Tulane University, a doctor of dental surgery degree from LSU Health Sciences Center and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans. He has served in various teaching capacities at the USM, Medical University of South Carolina, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Tulane Health Sciences Center. Fos also served as the chief science officer in the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Bourg will be interviewed Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as dean of the Southeastern College of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2005 and as dean of the new College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, from 2005 to 2008. A professor of psychology, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at California State University in Sacramento. In 1992 and 1993, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Research in Learning, Perception and Cognition at the University of Minnesota. Bourg holds a doctorate and master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans.
McNeil will be interviewed Dec. 6-8. Prior to assuming his current position at California State University in Stanislaus in 2007, he taught physics at LSU for 21 years, served as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for four years, and was named professor emeritus in 2007. With 25 years of experience in experimental high energy particle physics, McNeil has performed research at accelerator centers around the world, including current projects at the European Center for Nuclear and Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva and with the Auger Observatory, which is being constructed in Argentina and Colorado.