Four finalists for the position of provost and academic vice president at Colorado State University will visit campus for final interviews and public meetings in late April and early May.
The finalists are Loren W. Crabtree, interim provost and academic vice president at Colorado State; James W. England, former provost of Temple University in Philadelphia; Kay F. Schaffer, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University in Corvallis; and Marlene I. Strathe, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
"Given the intellect, quality, scholarly range and expertise and administrative experience of these four candidates, choosing the new provost will be a difficult task," said Keith M. Miser, vice president for student affairs and chairman of the search committee. "We are lucky to have four accomplished scholars who want to lead Colorado State’s academic endeavors into the next century."
The campus visits are, for Crabtree, April 27-28; for England, April 30-May 1; for Strathe, May 4-5; and for Schaffer, May 6-7. Details about public forums with each of the candidates will be announced later.
Crabtree, interim provost since 1997, became dean of Colorado State’s College of Liberal Arts in 1991. He joined the faculty in 1967 and has taught more than 20 different courses in history, honors and international education, most on contemporary China and on United States-East Asian relations.
Co-author of two books, Crabtree is currently writing two more books and has published many papers, articles and book chapters. He has received two Colorado State awards for his teaching, is listed in the 1997 "Who’s Who in the West," served on more than 40 faculty committees and as assistant and associate liberal arts dean and is past president of the Western conference of the Association of Asian Studies. He holds a doctorate in history and Asian studies from the University of Minnesota.
England is now a consultant with the Pew Charitable Trusts. He was Temple University’s provost from 1992 until early this year. He was provost and acting president of Swarthmore College and dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Occidental College. He taught at the University of Virginia and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J.
A member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, England has published on topology and other fields. He is a consultant to IBM, a referee or reviewer for several mathematical journals and is active in community service. He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Schaffer, dean of liberal arts at Oregon State since 1994, is a professor of psychology who joined Oregon State in 1990 as associate dean. At the University of Toledo she taught and directed the Clinic and Training Center and graduate program in clinical psychology and served on the clinical faculty of the Medical College of Ohio. She has worked as a clinical psychologist.
Schaffer has written two books, an instructor’s manual and articles and reviews and has served as reviewer for several journals and publishers. A member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Psychological Association, she earned her doctorate from Ohio State University.
Strathe, a professor of educational research and evaluation, has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Dakota since 1993. Before that, she taught at the University of Northern Iowa and served as director of the Educational Research and Development Center, associate dean of the College of Education and, from 1988 to 1993, assistant vice president of academic affairs there.
She has written several articles and book chapters on teaching, classroom issues and other topics. Strathe, who earned her doctorate from Iowa State University, is a member of numerous professional organizations and sits on the Academic Affairs council executive committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.