KSU provost search narrowed down to two finalists


Candidates to visit campus to meet with faculty, students and staff KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 18, 2010…

Georgia (Jan 18, 2011)Candidates to visit campus to meet with faculty, students and staff

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 18, 2010) — The Kennesaw State University provost search was narrowed down from eight to two candidates after in-person interviews Jan.6 and 7. Timothy J. L. Chandler, senior associate provost at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and Joe M. King, provost and vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, La., are the two finalists, the provost search committee and President Daniel S. Papp announced.

The committee scheduled two separate on-campus interview sessions Jan. 20 - 21 with Chandler and Jan. 25 - 26 with King.

"The goal of the provost search committee has been to find a provost for Kennesaw State University who understands the complexities of a large university and who has the experience to help lead a dynamic academic institution as it continues on its upward trajectory toward national prominence,” said Arlinda Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College of Education at KSU and chair of the provost search committee.   

As senior associate provost at Kent State, Chandler works closely with the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs to provide leadership in performing needs assessment, developing strategic objectives and university-wide policies and procedures. Prior to his appointment as senior associate provost, Chandler held the position of dean of the College of the Arts since 2004. He was formerly associate dean, College of Fine and Professional Arts from 2001-2004. In addition, he has been a professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State since 2001. Prior to his service at Kent State, he taught at Syracuse University and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Leisure at De Montfort University, Bedford, UK. Chandler holds a Ph.D. in education/physical education from Stanford University.


King was named provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at The University of New Orleans in 2009 after serving an interim role for a year. Prior to his appointment, he served as a professor of biological sciences and dean of the College of Sciences at the university where he worked with administration and faculty to develop several academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the University of New Orleans, King taught at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. and served as chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences. He was also a visiting research scientist at Rice University and a visiting lecturer at the University of Houston. King holds a Ph.D. in biology and environmental science and biochemistry from the University of Texas-Austin.

The KSU provost search committee narrowed the field to the two candidates after scheduling face-to-face meetings with eight candidates from a pool of 103 applicants representing some of the top colleges and universities in the country.

Papp announced the appointment of the provost search committee in August 2010 after former provost Lendley C. Black stepped down in July to accept the position of chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The 20-member committee is comprised of the KSU faculty, staff, students and a member of the board of trustees.

A call for candidates for the KSU provost position was announced on Sept. 16, 2010 by Parker Executive Search, the firm that is assisting the university to find its next provost. Deadline for applications was Nov. 24, 2010.  

For more information about the candidates and to view the job description, visit: http://www.kennesaw.edu/provost.shtml



KennesawState University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu