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Three finalists for UVa-Wise provost position to visit campus

Three finalists for provost of The University of Virginia's College at Wise will visit campus in April.
 
"I am incredibly pleased that our search process produced three accomplished academic leaders as finalists for the provost’s position," said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Rusty Necessary, chair of the Provost Search Committee. “They each bring to the table effective interpersonal skills, a sound commitment to the liberal arts, strong leadership experience and a devotion to teaching, scholarship and the mentoring of undergraduate students.”
 

Candidate #1: J. Sanders "Sandy" Huguenin

The first candidate, J. Sanders “Sandy” Huguenin, is vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of history at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2004.
 
Huguenin previously was chair of the Division of Business and Social Sciences at USAO and assistant professor of history. He has a doctorate in history with an emphasis on modern European history from Boston University, a master’s degree in history from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University.
 
The public is invited to meet Huguenin at an open forum with staff, faculty, students and community leaders at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 2 in the Rhododendron Room of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.
 

Candidate #2: Abiodun Goke-Pariola

The second candidate, Abiodun Goke-Pariola, is provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of English at Otterbein College in Ohio, a position he has held since 2009. He will spend two days in Wise meeting with faculty, staff, students and members of the UVa-Wise Board.

Previously, he was vice president for academic affairs and academic dean and professor of English at Otterbein College from 2006 until 2009. He also served in academic leadership roles at Berry College and Georgia Southern University. He holds a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Ife in Nigeria.

The public is invited to meet Goke-Pariola at an open forum with staff, faculty, students and community leaders at 1 p.m. on April 5 in the Rhododendron Room of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.

Candidate #3: Sandra M. “Sandi” Lemoine

The third candidate, Sandra M. “Sandi” Lemoine, is dean of the College of Human Development and professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a position she has held since 2007. Lemoine will spend two days in Wise meeting with faculty, staff, students and members of the UVa-Wise Board.

Previously, Lemoine was dean of the College of Education and professor at Lander University in South Carolina. She has held academic leadership positions at Mississippi College and Shenandoah University. Lemoine has a doctorate in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Louisiana Tech University.

The public is invited to meet Lemoine at an open forum with staff, faculty, students and community leaders at 1 p.m. on April 7 in the Chapel of All Faiths.

“The Provost Search Committee encourages everyone on campus and in the community to meet the candidates at some point during their visit to our campus,” Necessary said. “We want to get to know them, and they want to get to know UVa-Wise and its community.”
 
Necessary said the Search Committee is optimistic a new provost will be in place by July 1. The current provost, Gil Blackburn, announced last fall that he would retire in June.