Search is on for New VP of Student Affairs
Prakash Mathew announced retirement for June 2014
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
Vice President of Student Affairs Prakash Mathew will be stepping down from his role at NDSU.
Now, the search is on for someone new to fulfill the role.
Dr. Jo Ann Miller, director of choral activities at NDSU, was appointed by NDSU President Dean Bresciani to be the head of the committee and has been entrusted to find Mathew’s replacement.
Miller will meet with the group, composed of eight other committee members, to determine its first steps in the search.
“This is a really important search,” she said. “It’s one that directly affects students obviously. This person has to get along well and relate to students as well as to faculty and administration.”
Though he held a high position of power, former student Body senator Jon Lipp said he was dedicated to the students, and many students have felt Mathew’s presence while NDSU.
“He’s somebody who has been extremely dedicated, not only to NDSU as an institution, but I think more importantly to the students here,” Lipp said. “Many times, I have seen him go into a dining center and simply grab lunch with a random student.”
Miller said Mathew, who has made his presence known among NDSU students, is nearly impossible to replace. Rather, her committee is focused on finding the candidate with the best chance of fulfilling the job.
“It’s going to be pretty hard to replace Prakash, because he has been such a fabulous Vice President of Student Affairs,” Miller said. “For a lot of us, he will be model for what we are looking for.”
The committee is made up of different faculty, including Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Kate Haugen. Student Body President Robbie Lauf will also be involved with the search.
Miller said this is one of her biggest searches yet even though she has searched for candidates for open positions in her own department.
“It’s kind of the same search that we go through for our department, but it’s more of a broad-based committee,” she said. “The committee members are from all across campus, not just one department.”
Along with a normal workload, Miller admitted the search for new workers can be very time consuming. While an in-house hire would mean a familiar face for the department, Miller said her group isn’t focused on the fast and easy choice.
“I don’t think there’s any preconceived idea,” she said. “We want someone who is a leader and committed to involvement on and off campus.”
While it can be a large amount of work, Miller said the labor is usually spread evenly for a committee.
However, Miller said that after a long process, she expects to narrow the search down to ideal candidates to provide to President Bresciani when the search is over.
“We have quite a bit of information about the candidates before we narrow it down to three or four people,” Miller said. “We narrow it down, then in the end [Bresciani] will make the final decision.”