IUPUC has been an important part of Bartholomew County and the region for more than four decades, both as an institution for higher learning and a key partner is workforce development.
The IUPUC search committee, therefore, should be congratulated for giving students, staff and the community in general a chance to meet all three of its finalists to fill the university’s top executive position of vice chancellor and dean, vacated in June 2015 by Marwan Wafa and been held in the interim by Larry Richards.
Included in the interview process have been public receptions for each of the three finalists, which conclude on Monday:
- Michael Ego, Ph.D., professor of human development and family studies, and professor of Asian-American studies at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus; and previously associate vice provost of the regional campus.
- Reinhold Hill, Ph.D., English professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Governors State University in Illinois; and previously associate dean and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University in Michigan.
- Michael Monticino, Ph.D., mathematics professor at the University of North Texas; and previously vice president for advancement at the University of North Texas.
The receptions for Ego and Hill were last Monday and Thursday in the Summerville Room of the Columbus Learning Center, 455 Central Ave. If you missed those, you still have a chance to attend Monticino’s reception, which is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the same location.
This part of the search process provides transparency. It gives everyone who’s interested a chance to meet the finalists and for them in return to better know the community in which one of them will be working.
In the end, both the candidate and the community benefits.