Campus Visits: Finalists for Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs

EWU Provost Rex Fuller is pleased to announce that the fourth finalist for the position of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs has been confirmed for a campus visit. Listed below is the open-forum schedule for the four finalists. Please note that the open forums will be held exclusively on the Cheney Campus at the JFK Library Auditorium; however, Riverpoint faculty will have the opportunity to meet each finalist at leadership meetings to be scheduled at Riverpoint.

Please consult each candidate’s itinerary, now in the process of being finalized before being posted on the Provost’s website ( for details. Also, you will find attached an appraisal feedback form that you are encouraged to complete for each candidate and to return to the Office of the Provost, c/o Lynn Harty, by February 8. Thank you for your interest in the VPUA selection process!

  • Due to weather-related and mechanical difficulties related to long-distance travel, VPUA finalist Venkat Sharma’s visit to EWU has been postponed. We will send you further details when they become available. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18: Dr. Venkat Sharma, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of West Alabama. Open forum: Thursday, Jan. 17, 3:00-4:30 p.m., JFK Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 23: Dr. Colin Ormsby, Director of the Office of Institutional Research and the interim Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs at Eastern Washington University. Open forum: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m., JFK Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30: Dr. Michelle Kempke Eppler, Dean of Continued and Professional Education at Bellevue University (Nebraska). Open forum: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m., JFK Auditorium
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1: Dr. Charles (Chuck) Lopez, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Support Services at Stephen F. Austin State University. Open forum: Thursday, Jan. 31, 3:00-4:30 p.m., JFK Auditorium

The Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs is a key leadership position, with student retention and success as its primary focus. As a result, members of the university community are strongly encouraged to attend the open-forum sessions for each candidate.

The candidates have been asked to prepare a 20-25 minute presentation addressing the following question: How have you addressed student retention? Following their presentation, there will be plenty of time for questions from attendees.

Dr. Lopez’s CV and the candidate appraisal form will be uploaded to the Provost’s website later today.