Update on provost and chief of police search

Wichita State University has formed a provost search committee and requested bids for an executive search firm to lead the process.

Werner Golling, vice president of finance and administration, and Whitney Bailey, of Faculty Senate executive committee, are co-chairs of the committee. Wichita State issued the request for proposal for the position on Sept. 24. Closing date for the bids is Oct. 8, and the firm will be selected shortly after that date.

President Rick Muma, in Friday’s virtual town hall for faculty and staff, said the position could be filled as quickly as Jan. 1. The latest date, Muma said, is July 1.

Shirley Lefever, interim executive vice president and provost, will serve until a new provost is hired. The executive vice president and provost serves as the head of WSU’s academic programs.

Wichita State is also forming a search committee to conduct a national search to select a University Police Department chief of police. Captain Guy Schroeder is the interim chief.

On Friday, Muma said a new chief could be hired by the end of the semester.