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Finalists Announced for ASU Provost/VP

March 08, 2013

Three finalists have been named for Angelo State University’s position of provost and vice president for academic affairs and will visit campus for interviews the week of March 25-29. 

The finalists are Dr. Tracy Hurley, interim associate vice president/provost for academic affairs, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, Purdue University North Central; and Dr. Murray Nabors, dean of liberal arts and sciences, Missouri Western State University.

ASU’s provost finalists were announced by search committee co-chairs Dr. Javier Flores, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, and Dr. Andrew Siefker, assistant professor of mathematics and president of the ASU Faculty Senate.

Dates of their campus visits will be March 25 for Hurley, March 26 for Nabors and March 27 for Jayasuriya.  During their visits, the candidates will tour the campus and meet with search committee members and President Brian J. May, as well as students, faculty and staff.

Hurley has extensive administrative experience at Texas A&M-San Antonio where, in addition to her associate VP duties, she is head of the School of Business, director of the E-book program and coordinator of the M.B.A. program.  She has additional administrative and teaching experience at Texas A&M-Kingsville and teaching experience at Houston Baptist University and the University of Houston.   Hurley holds her B.B.A. with an emphasis in finance, her M.B.A. and her Ph.D. in business administration, all from the University of Houston.

Besides his current position, Jayasuriya has significant administrative experience at Indiana University East, where he was dean and division chair of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department.  His teaching experience has come at Indian University East, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Southern Illinois University.  He earned his B.S. from the University of Colombo-Sri Lanka, his M.S. from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, all in mathematics.

Nabors has major administrative experience at Missouri Western as dean, both at the University of Mississippi and James Madison University as chair of their respective Biology Departments, and at Colorado State University as director of the university’s Honors Program.  He also has teaching experience at each of those universities.  He earned his B.S. in biology from Yale College, graduating cum laude.  He earned his Ph.D. in botany from Michigan State University, where he was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

The provost position came open in the fall when May, who had served in the post since 2011, was named ASU president.  Dr. Nancy Allen, vice provost for academic affairs, is filling the position until a successor is named.

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