With Provost Jeffrey Herbst leaving Miami at the end of the academic year to assume the presidency of Colgate University, and a new provost search unlikely to be complete by then, Miami President David Hodge has announced John Skillings will serve as interim provost beginning July 1.
Skillings, recently named special assistant to the president for enrollment management, will continue in that role until July 1.
“John brings deep experience to the position, and I am pleased that he will serve as interim provost during the transition period,” said Hodge.
The university plans to do candidate assessment at the beginning of the next academic year with finalist interviews targeted for October. The goal is to have a new provost here in January or as soon after as is practical.
Appointment of a provost search committee, chaired by Carine Feyten, dean of the School of Education, Health and Society, will be completed early in spring semester. An executive search consultant, Isaacson, Miller, has been retained to assist with the process. Search consultants will be on campus in spring to interview key constituent groups and individuals to develop the position description used to recruit candidates.
Skillings served as vice provost and senior associate vice president for academic affairs from 2005 to 2008 and served as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004 to 2005. He was dean of the College of Arts and Science from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as chair of the mathematics and statistics department for six years and was named associate dean of the College of Arts and Science in 1994. Skillings retired as vice provost in June 2008 to return to teaching.