Four NDSU provost finalists selected for campus visits

The NDSU provost search committee has selected four candidates for campus visits. Open forums are scheduled April 1-10.

  • Tuesday, April 1: Joel Thierstein, vice president for academic affairs/provost at Kentucky State University
  • Thursday, April 3: Robert Marley, interim vice president for student success at Montana State University
  • Tuesday, April 8: Mark Hoversten, dean of the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho
  • Thursday, April 10: Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College at the University of Iowa

All open forums are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater. They will be followed by a 30-minute meet and greet. All employees and students are welcome to attend.

The provost’s office is responsible for academic resources and budget, professional faculty matters and the university’s curriculum of instruction. The office oversees the eight academic colleges, graduate school, library, institutional programs, institutional research and analysis, accreditation and assessment, and the Great Plains Transportation Institute.

Joel Thierstein
Thierstein is scheduled to be on campus March 31 and April 1. He has served in his current role since 2012. Previously, Thierstein was senior adviser and council for the U.S. Department of Education in 2011 and associate provost at Rice University from 2007-11. He was associate professor at Oregon State University from 2001-06 and assistant professor at Baylor University from 1998-2001, Purdue University from 1995-97 and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, from 1993-95.

Thierstein has earned four degrees from Syracuse University: a bachelor’s in telecommunications management in 1983, a master’s in telecommunication in 1984, Juris Doctor in 1991 and a doctorate in mass communications in 1996.

Robert Marley
Marley is set to be at NDSU April 2-3. Aside from August 2012 to June 2013 when he was on leave as a fellow of the American Council on Education at Texas A&M University, Marley has been at Montana State University since 1990. He served as dean and director of the College of Engineering and Engineering Experiment Station from 2001-2013 and was associate dean of the College of Engineering from 1996-2000. Previously, Marley was a Boeing fellow and research assistant at Wichita State University from 1985-90 and a rehabilitation engineering technician at the Rehabilitation Engineering Center from 1983-85.

Marley has earned three degrees from Wichita State University: a bachelor’s in general sciences in 1983, a master’s in engineering management science in 1987 and a doctorate in industrial engineering in 1990.

Mark Hoversten
Hoversten is scheduled to be at NDSU April 7-8. He has served in his current role since 2007. Hoversten previously was coordinator of landscape architecture and planning from 1991-2007 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also held assistant professor, associate professor and professor roles. He was manager of land planning for the Howard Hughes Corp. from 1988-91 after serving as an associate at Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey from 1985-87.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1976 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing in 1980 from the University of Minnesota. He earned a master’s degree in painting from the University of New Mexico in 1981 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Iowa in 1983. Hoversten earned a doctorate from Lincoln University, New Zealand, in 2013. His dissertation was “Decision-making, Values and Discursive Moments in Alternative Futures Landscape Planning.”

Beth Ingram
Ingram is set to be on campus April 9-10. She has held her current positions since 2009 and has been Henry B. Tippie professor of economics since 2010. Previously, Ingram was associate dean for undergraduate programs from 2006-09 at the Tippie College of Business and chair of the Department of Economics from 2003-06, both at the University of Iowa.

Ingram has held academic positions at the University of Iowa since 1988 and was an assistant professor of economics at Cornell University from 1986-88.

Ingram earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1981 and a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1986.

Search committee
Larry Reynolds, University Distinguished Professor of animal sciences and co-director of the Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy, is the search committee chair. Other members are:

  • Emily Berg, assistant director of the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis
  • Margaret Fitzgerald, professor and head of the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Karen Froelich, professor of management and marketing
  • Chuck Hoge, interim executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park
  • Samee Khan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Larry Peterson, director of the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Advising
  • Tom Riley, professor of anthropology
  • Molly Secor-Turner, assistant professor of nursing
  • Mukund Sibi, University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry
  • Charlene Wolf-Hall, head of the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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