June 24, 2015 – Pearson Partners International has placed Frances Bronet as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She succeeds Alan W. Cramb. Ms. Bronet has been a distinguished professor and dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon since 2005. She began her career as a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. She was first named associate dean of architecture in 1994, held the position of acting dean, and served as professor of architecture from 2002-2005.
“The Illinois Institute of Technology provost search was among the most interesting and challenging I have encountered in my 30-plus years in the executive search business,” said Robert Pearson, chairman of Pearson Partners who handled the search. “It was challenging because higher education searches require getting agreement from a large (in this case a 20-person) search committee, typically ranging from student body representation to deans of colleges within the university. The search was interesting and fulfilling from the standpoint of interacting with the outgoing president and the outgoing provost (the president elect), both of whom are leaders and men you would like to have shaping the future of our children.”
“The entire search committee was most impressed with Frances’s qualifications and accomplishments,” said Fred Hickernell, chair of the committee and chair of the applied mathematics department. “She will bring a fresh perspective to our university as we continue to move forward in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”
Founded in 1890, Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.
Pearson Partners International, an IIC Partners member, is a full-service executive search firm that helps clients secure, develop and retain C-suite, senior executive and board talent.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media