With his background in psychology, Robert Sternberg, one of three final candidates for CSUâ€™s provost, said rarely does a leader accomplish anything if he or she begins with a set agenda.
Nonetheless, in regard to Coloradoâ€™s higher education woes, Sternberg, who is being interviewed by the CSU community today in a forum open to the public, said he is â€œabout as familiar as an outsider can beâ€ but said if he gets the job, he intends to utilize all available resources and seek new outlets of revenue.
Sternberg, who currently serves as a dean at Tufts University, said he visited CSU in 2005 and was impressed with the universityâ€™s reputation for research initiatives.
â€œI was tremendously impressed with the people I met and with the can-do atmosphere of the campus,â€ he said.
Not only excited for the challenges he could face if chosen to be the sole academic advisor for CSU, Sternberg said he and his wife love Colorado and canâ€™t wait to hit the ski slopes.
The search committee charged with filling the position of provost / executive vice president began the search for a permanent provost in October 2009 and required that candidates have:
-A minimum of five years academic administrative experience,
-A doctorate degree,
-Attained rank as a full professor with tenure,
-Qualifications for the rank of full professor with tenure at a Carnegie research extensive university, and
-Experience in a comprehensive research university.
The provost is responsible for overseeing the Council of Deans and 150 academic programs on campus. He or she also serves on the Presidentâ€™s Cabinet and as a non-voting member of Faculty Council.
The current Interim-Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda and Valerie Gray Hardcastle from the University of Cincinnati are the two other final candidates.
â€œAll of them have been deans at their respective institutions,â€ head of the search committee Blanche Hughes said.
A provost needs to care about the students grow both in and out of the classroom and needs to care about the whole academic vision, Hughes said.
â€œThis is a person that works to set that tone,â€ she said.
Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org._