May 8, 2017

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Dear Colleagues:

I write to let you know that the search committee for the position of associate chancellor and chief diversity officer has recommended closing the search and conducting a new search later this year. The recommendation follows the cancellation of campus visits by two of the three finalists.

It’s unfortunate that due to circumstances out of our control we are unable to finish the search process for this critical position, but I fully support the committee’s recommendation. I also support the additional recommendation that we wait for studentsfaculty and staff to return this fall before we bring a new group of finalists to campus for interviews. The committee will meet over the summer to recommend a new timeframe for the search. 

I anticipate that Dr. Elizabeth Lewin will continue in her role as the interim associate chancellor for diversity, pending the completion and approval of appropriate paperwork, until the new search is completed. I am grateful to Dr. Lewin for her willingness to continue in this important role and to the search committee for its diligence and hard work.

Please share this message with your constituents and direct reports.

Thank you.

Brad Colwell
Interim Chancellor