The search committee for the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs position at MSUM has recommended four candidates to interview the week of January  24. Campus/media open forums are scheduled for Monday-Thursday (January 24, 25, 26, 27) from 3-4 p.m. each of those days. Please see below locations listed for each candidate.

Duane Ford, Dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wis., will be on campus January 24-25.  His open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 24 in CMU 101.

Ford has served as dean for the past twelve years at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During his tenure he also served as the interim provost and vice chancellor for one year. As dean, he provides leadership to a college that serves over 2,300 on-campus and 1,500 on-line students. The college has 78 full-time equivalent faculty and staff members. The six academic units within the college include: the School of Agriculture and the departments of biology, business and accounting, communication technologies, industrial studies and an on-line graduate degree in project management.

Ford has developed online delivery systems for a baccalaureate completion program in business administration, planned three new online master’s degrees, received initial accreditation for the graduate degree in project management, achieved reaccreditation of the industrial technology management degree and increased international student opportunities by developing three European exchange partnerships as well as a new study abroad site in Fiji to serve biology and geology students.

Ford established Pioneer Farm as a research and outreach initiative aimed at improving the environmental and economic performance of agricultural production in Wisconsin. He successfully advocated for base state funding for the research initiative and also received federal grants for the initiative.

Ford received his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.  He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, specializing in agronomy.

Jerry Jorgensen, Dean of the College or Arts and Sciences at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., will be on campus January 25-26. His open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 25 in CMU 101.

Jorgensen has served as dean for the past ten years at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.  He provides leadership to sixteen departments and 150 full time faculty members. The college has 2800 majors, delivering 31 baccalaureate, seven masters and two Ph.D. degree programs. He has developed new programs of study in graphic design, geographic information sciences, biochemistry, a master’s program in agriculture, and a Ph.D. program in geospatial science and engineering.  Jorgensen initiated and facilitated the development of more than 75 new on-line courses across many departments.

Jorgensen coordinated numerous fundraising campaigns for his college, raising several million in donations. Jerry was the key coordinator of the construction of a new $10.4 million Performing Arts Center, and co-coordinator in the planning and design of a new $52 million Science hall, both at South Dakota State University. He provided leadership in the development and delivery of five full completion degree programs to the University of Sioux Falls.

Jorgensen received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in communication studies, a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications and a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism, both from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Robin Bowen, Academic Consultant at Donnelly College, Topeka, Kan., will be on campus January 26-27.  Her open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 26 in CMU 101.

Bowen has been the academic consultant to Donnelly College for the past year. She was vice president for academic affairs for Washburn University in Topeka from 2007-2010, and dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., from 2002 to 2007.

As Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bowen provided leadership to all academic programs and 450 faculty and academic staff, administered the academic budgets and served on the Kansas Board of Regents Committee of Chief Academic Officers.  She chaired the university’s strategic planning efforts, coordinated a successful institutional accreditation evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission and coordinated university retention efforts.  She led the student experience program for students to participate in research, travel abroad, provide community service or complete a leadership project in the community.

As dean, Bowen provided leadership for over 90 faculty and staff, served on the University Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee, partnered with faculty to develop a bachelor’s degree in sports science, a master’s of education with multiple tracks and a doctorate in physical therapy.

Bowen has a doctorate in education in higher education from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Tex.; a master’s of education in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Paul Kreider, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill., Paul Kreider will be on campus January 27-28. His open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 27 in the Science Lab 104.

Krieder has served as dean for Western Illinois University for the past seven years. Previously he was chair of the Department of Music at Northern Kentucky University and associate dean for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev.

As dean, Kreider provides leadership for six academic departments/schools– art, broadcasting, communication, communication sciences and disorders, music, and theatre and dance– and four academic support and outreach units, which offer comprehensive majors in each academic unit , master’s degree programs and several interdisciplinary minors.  He employs more than 150 faculty and staff.   He has 18 years of experience as a faculty member and extensive experience in program development at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Kreider has a distinguished performance career as an operatic artist, recitalist and as a presenter of master classes and lectures. He served as a board member for the Arts Alliance of Illinois and the International Council of Fine Arts.

Kreider has doctorate of musical arts and a master’s degree in music from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s in music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.