Published January 16, 2015
To: All UB Employees
From: Nancy J. Smyth, Dean of the School of Social Work, and Chair of the School of Public Health and Health Professions Dean Search Committee
The search for the next dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions has progressed very well. Just before the end of the fall semester, the search committee completed its review of a highly qualified and diverse initial group of candidates. From that pool, the committee selected a subset of the strongest candidates for confidential off-site interviews which were completed January 6 and 7. The search committee was impressed by the extraordinary quality of the candidates’ academic, professional and leadership experiences, and has recommended a group of finalists to advance for campus visits.
The next phase of the search involves more extensive on-campus visits that will include meetings with faculty, senior academic and administrative leadership, staff, students, alumni and the extended campus community. Our search firm is in conversation with invited finalists, whose visits will be scheduled during the period of January 26 through February 5. Additional detail about the campus visit schedules, as well as the names and CVs for each finalist will be available online at the search website before the close of business on Thursday, January 22.
Invitation to public forums
Campus visits will include a public forum at which the candidates will offer an opening statement of their vision for UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions as well as their interest in and qualifications for the dean’s position. Following the opening statement, there will be time for questions, answers and conversation with the meeting participants. We strongly encourage members of the campus community to attend these sessions to learn more about the finalists and to engage in conversation with them about the future of UB. Your participation also assists our efforts to recruit the very best new dean by demonstrating that the UB community is genuinely invested in the search for its academic leadership.
Search committees seeks campus input
Following each campus visit, the search committee invites input from the campus community. Directions on how to submit feedback will be provided on the search website and in subsequent email communications from me.
The search committee will convene quickly after the on-campus visits to prepare its summary report for UB’s senior leadership who will make the final decision on the appointment of the new dean. Campus input will be an important component of the search committee report.
I will send another campus wide communication to alert you when the finalist names, CVs, and schedules are posted online. Meanwhile, thank you for your interest and participation in the search for the new dean of UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. Additional information about the search is always available on the search website.
With best regards,
Nancy J. Smyth, Dean of the School of Social Work, and Chair of the School of Public Health and Health Professions Dean Search Committee