Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I am writing to provide you with an update on the search for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. As you know, immediately after Dr. John Raymond’s departure to assume the Presidency of the Medical College of Wisconsin, we launched a national search for his successor. The Search Committee included a broad range of representatives from across campus and was chaired by Dean Gail Stuart who brought to the job the experience of having led the last very successful Provost search.
Among the applicants, four were selected for interviews on campus and the Search Committee subsequently recommended to me three individuals for further consideration. All three of these candidates, one internal and two external finalists, had extensive and impressive academic administrative experience. Dean Pisano and I made site visits to the two external candidates. Based upon our meetings and referencing, we were convinced that each one of the finalists would bring unique strengths to the position. In the final analysis, given the many challenges that are facing the University at this time, we thought that the institution would be served best by the appointment of someone who already has a deep understanding of the local issues and has demonstrated skill in working effectively with the rest of the leadership team.
It is my pleasure, therefore, to announce the appointment of Mark Sothmann, PhD into the permanent role of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Since this appointment requires the approval of the Board of Trustees, it will not become official until their next meeting on April 8, 2011. Having discussed this decision already with the Board informally, I am quite confident that they will enthusiastically and unanimously endorse this appointment.
As you know, Dr. Sothmann has been serving as the Provost on an interim basis for nearly eight months now. During this period of time, he has repeatedly shown that he is a thoughtful decision-maker and that he is a consensus builder. Most noteworthy among his accomplishments in this role are the successful negotiation with the Faculty Senate of a revised post-tenure review process and the development and refinement of a new financial model for resource flow within the institution.
On a personal basis, I have enjoyed working closely with Dr. Sothmann and I am very excited about the role that he will play in helping to move the Medical University forward. I hope that you share this enthusiasm and will reach out to support Dr. Sothmann as he makes the transition to our permanent Provost. In the meantime, please accept my thanks for all that you are doing for MUSC and for the people of South Carolina.
With best wishes,
Ray Greenberg, MD, PhD