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Jan. 22, 2004


    OSWEGO -- Five finalist candidates for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego are visiting campus for interviews this month and next. More than 100 higher education administrators from around the nation applied for the position.

    Ellen Whitford, dean of Central Connecticut State University's School of Education and Professional Studies, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29 and 30, Jon Engelhardt, dean of Wichita State University's College of Education, is scheduled.

    The campus community will meet Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of Ohio University's College of Fine Arts, on Feb. 2 and 3; Katherine (Kate) Conway-Turner, dean of Georgia Southern University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, on Feb. 9 and 10; and Susan Coultrap-McQuin, dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State University at Mankato, on Feb. 11 and 12.

    Open sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. on the first day of each candidate's visit in Hewitt Union's Bell Auditorium for students, faculty and staff to meet with the candidates.

     Now in her fourth year as dean at Central Connecticut, Whitford led development of the college's first doctor of education degree. She began her career in higher education at Salisbury State University, where she led the effort for accreditation of the teacher education program. Her doctorate is from Rutgers University, and she has pursued scholarly work in leadership, change and education law.

    Engelhardt has been dean at Wichita State since 1997. He previously directed the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University, was dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was a professor and chair at Arizona State University. He earned his doctorate in mathematics education at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Tymas-Jones began his career on the music faculty at Buffalo State College. He directed the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa before he assumed his current position at Ohio in 1998. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. As a vocalist, he has performed from upstate New York (including Syracuse Opera in 1989) to Europe.

    After years of teaching at the University of Delaware, where she also directed women's studies, Conway-Turner received an American Council on Education fellowship to study higher education issues. She became dean at Georgia Southern in 2001. She earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas. Among her publications is the book "Women, Families and Feminist Politics."

    Twice since becoming dean at Mankato in 1995, Coultrap-McQuin has served as acting or interim academic vice president. Most of her faculty experience occurred at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, where she founded the women's studies department. Her doctorate in American studies is from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the award-winning book "Doing Literary Business."

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