Update on vice president of finance and administration search

The search for the next vice president of finance and administration position has started, and a search committee has been assembled with representatives from university stakeholders.

The search committee members:

Search chair:

  • Zach Gearhart, chief of staff and executive director of government relations

Faculty senate:

  • Adam Lynch, associate teaching professor of applied engineering

Staff senate:

  • Jacob Mendez, interim assistant dean for student success in the College of Engineering

Student representation:

  • Matthew Phan, student body vice president

Industry and Defense Programs:

  • David Miller, associate vice president for finance and operations

Facilities Services:

  • Eason Bryer, executive director

Information Technology Services:

  • Ken Harmon, chief information officer

President’s Executive Team:

  • Andy Schlapp, vice president of strategy and government relations
  • Vicki Whisenhant, chief human resources officer

Finance and Administration:

  • Lisa Pappas, executive assistant to the finance and administration divisional officer, providing administrative support to the committee

Isaacson, Miller (IM), an executive search firm, has been engaged to assist WSU with the search. Jackie Mildner, partner with IM who joined in 2005 and helped presidential searches for a number of universities, will lead the IM team.

Timeline of upcoming search milestones:

  • Scoping sessions with stakeholders to inform position profile will be held throughout April
  • The position profile will be finalized by the end of April
  • Semi-finalist interviews will start in early June
  • Finalist interviews, including campus visits and public forums, will be held mid to late June
  • Final selection is planned in July