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Lafayette will undertake a national search for a new provost to replace June Schlueter, who previously announced she would step down from the position June 30, 2006. President Dan Weiss will chair a committee of faculty, administrators, students, and trustees to identify the strongest candidate from a national pool.

Weiss said, “We are looking for a proven academic leader with a strong commitment to academic excellence in undergraduate education, to serious scholarship, and to the values of the Lafayette community.”

The national executive search firm A. T. Kearney will assist the committee.

Weiss said he hopes the committee can complete its work and name a new provost by early spring 2006.

Committee members, in addition to Weiss, are: Paul D. Barclay, assistant professor of history; Robert L. Cohn, Berman Chair of Jewish Studies; W. Mark Crain, William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy; Stefany Feliciano ’06, an English and studio art double major; Chawne Kimber, assistant professor of mathematics; James F. Krivoski, executive assistant to the President and secretary to the Board of Trustees; Barbara J. Lombardo ’83, Lafayette trustee; Neil J. McElroy, director of libraries and information technology services; Leslie F. Muhlfelder ’81, vice president for human resources and general counsel; Mary J.S. Roth ’83, professor of civil and environmental engineering; and John S. Shaw, associate professor of psychology.

Schlueter announced to the faculty in January 2004 that she would step down as provost one year after Weiss assumed the presidency on July 1, 2005, in order to assist him in an orderly transition. She has served as provost since 1993 and is also the Charles A. Dana professor of English.

Weiss said he is deeply appreciative of the role Schlueter has played during the presidential transition. “June’s guidance, advice, and friendship have been invaluable to me. Her commitment to the College, to the faculty and students, and to enhancing the quality of The Lafayette Experience have set a benchmark for us in the search for her replacement,” Weiss said.

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