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Open forums for provost candidates, February 8-9, 13, and 19

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has announced the finalists for the open position of vice president of Academic Affairs and provost at Illinois State University.

Open forums for the candidates will be February 8-9, 13 and 19. All open forums will be from 2-3 p.m. The campus community is invited to attend the forums.

View all candidate’s full CVs on the provost search page.

Risa Dickson – February 8 – Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center

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Risa Dickson

Dickson is a professor in the College of Education in the University of Hawai‘i System, where she recently served as vice president for academic planning and policy. There, she implemented enrollment management and distance learning plans, and created a Financial Aid Office for the state system. She also led the creation of a Distance Learning Strategic Plan that addresses the need for online certification and degrees and workforce needs across the state. Dickson previously served in administration for California State University at San Bernardino. She earned a doctorate in interpersonal and organizational communications from the University of Southern California.

Steve Everett – February 9 – Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center

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Steve Everett

Everett is the dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, he created a joint master’s degree and MFA with computer science and art, and created a bachelor’s degree in integrated education in the arts. He expanded international partnerships and agreements with area community colleges. He also developed the university’s first hybrid and online courses. Everett previously served as the assistant vice provost for Faculty Affairs at Emory University in Atlanta. He earned a doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rodney Hanley – February 13 – Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center

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Rodney Hanley

Hanley is the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. There, he instituted new analytics, worked extensively on strategic planning, and developed new online course strategies and a new program evaluation system. Hanley also developed new majors in biochemistry and molecular biology, and worked on agreements with international universities. He previously served as provost and dean of science at Lakehead University in Canada. He earned a doctorate in biology from the University of Kansas.

Abbey Zink – February 19 – Circus Room of the Bone Student Center

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Abbey Zink

Zink is the dean and professor of English for the College of Humanities at Sam Houston State University in Texas. There, she worked extensively on curriculum, including transitioning a bachelor’s degree of general studies to a bachelor’s degree of liberal studies, and created an interdisciplinary minor in applied ethics and critical thinking (promoted as THNK). Zink also increased transparency of merit and budgeting processes within the college, launched an undergraduate research journal, and established a college diversity and inclusion committee. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University.

For additional information, contact the Office of the President at (309) 438-5677.

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