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

The search for Wichita State’s new executive vice president and provost position is under way. A search committee with shared governance representation from Academic Affairs and other constituencies has been formed.

The search committee members:

Search chair:

  • Shelly Coleman-Martins, vice president of strategic communications and marketing


  • Dr. Jennifer Friend, dean, College of Applied Studies
  • Dr. Larisa Genin, dean, Barton School of Business

Faculty Senate:

  • Jolynn Dowling, president, Faculty Senate, associate educator in the School of Nursing
  • Dr. Mathew Muether, president-elect, Faculty Senate, associate professor of physics

Faculty representation:

  • Shirlene Small, senior educator of sociology
  • Timothy Shade, director of the School of Music
  • Patricia Bradley, associate educator in the Barton School of Business

Staff Senate:

  • Kennedy Rogers, president, Staff Senate, director of ShockerStrengths
  • Krissy Archambeau, director of operations and processing in Admissions

Student representation:

  • Kylee Hower, student body president
  • John Kirk, president of the Graduate Student Council

Provost Office:

  • Dr. Ashlie Jack, senior associate vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Enrollment Management

WSU Tech:

  • Dr. Sheree Utash, president, WSU Tech and vice president of workforce development for WSU

President’s Executive Team:

  • Marché Fleming-Randle, vice president for military and veterans affairs, chief diversity officer
  • John Tomblin, senior vice president for Industry Defense Programs and executive director of NIAR

Isaacson, Miller (IM), an executive search firm, has been engaged to assist WSU with the search. Robin Dougherty, managing associate who joined IM in 2018 with almost 25 years of experience in higher education, will lead the IM team.

The search committee will hold its kick-off meeting at a later date, with President Rick Muma joining the meeting to give the committee its charge.

Dougherty and the IM team will meet with the search committee via Zoom to discuss various aspects of the search and search process.

IM will conduct its work and present candidates for the search committee to review in early September. The goal is for the new executive vice president and provost to be named in November, with a starting date no later than January 2025.