July 24, 2015 – Nashville-based Vanderbilt University has retained the services of Russell Reynolds Associates to lead its search for a new vice provost of research. Dennis Hall stepped down at the end of 2014 and vice provost Timothy R. McNamara took over the vice provost post to take on research responsibilities for one year. Mr. McNamara will assist the committee as it refines the position’s definition and then work closely with the committee throughout the executive search process. “Our ideal candidate will be a proven leader with the ability to foster the Vanderbilt research culture and increase the visibility and recognition of our faculty. A track record of supporting diverse, extramurally supported research portfolios is critical,” said provost Susan Wente.
“Promoting and supporting world-class research, scholarship and the creation of knowledge is a Vanderbilt core mission, and we are committed to finding the very best individual.”
The search committee is expected to gather input from across campus to fully define the position description as well as to begin gathering nominations for internal and external candidates. The new vice provost is expected to be in place by early 2016.
Russell Reynolds Associates’ global higher education practice is composed of former senior university officers, tenured professors and professional university staff, along with traditional business leaders, who work together to guide search committees through an orderly and transparent search process. The firm works collaboratively with large search committees of trustees, faculty, staff and students, balancing divergent interests while driving what it hopes will be eventual consensus.
Russell Reynolds Associates has worked with a number of universities to address their leadership needs, including DePauw University, Bucknell University, Connecticut College, AAU University and INSEAD.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media