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Meet the Candidates for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

During the week of April 5, the campus community is invited to meet the five candidates for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at scheduled online forums.

At the forums, each candidate will present their response to the following question: 

“The next provost will be expected to provide strong and visionary leadership to Boise State. As you look at the landscape of higher education, observe societal trends affecting public universities, and understand the unique characteristics of Boise and the state of Idaho, what do you see as the most significant challenges and opportunities that will shape the university over the next decade? In your response, please discuss how you would leverage your experience, expertise and leadership skills, and external partners, to effectively address the issues you identify.”

Each virtual presentation will last 15-20 minutes followed by one hour for question-and-answer. Due to time and formatting constraints, questions are being collected in advance and may be submitted online. There will be a limited opportunity for each candidate to address questions submitted live.

The schedule for the open forum series is presented below, along with brief candidate bios, links to join each Zoom session, and links to share your feedback by April 20 at 5 p.m. 

Updates will be issued next week, including information on how to access recordings for those who are unable to attend live. 

Mark Sheridan, 1 p.m. April 5

Sheridan is the vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs and dean of the Graduate School at Texas Tech University (TTU), as well as a professor in the department of biological sciences. Sheridan holds a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of California – Berkeley. 

John Buckwalter, 1:30 p.m. April 6

Buckwalter is the Betty L. Tointon endowed dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University, as well as a professor in the department of kinesiology. Buckwalter holds a doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas.

David Rosowsky, 2 p.m. April 7

Rosowsky is a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Vermont, where he also served as provost and senior vice president from 2013-2019. Rosowsky holds a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Tony Roark, 1:30 p.m. April 8

Roark is the interim provost at Boise State University, as well as a professor of philosophy. Roark holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Washington.

Cynthia Sagers, 1:30 p.m. April 9

Sagers is professor in the Department of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, where she served as Vice President for Research until 2020. Sagers holds a doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Utah.

For more information or assistance related to this search, contact Robyn Williams at