First candidate for provost and vice president for Academic Affairs to visit campus

Emma Collins

The first of three finalists for WKU’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs is scheduled to visit campus today and attend an open forum at 1 p.m. in Grise Hall.

Jeffery Osgood currently works at West Chester University of Pennsylvania as the senior vice provost, a position he has held since July 2017, according to his curriculum vitae. He has also worked as a professor of public policy and administration at WCU since July 2015. Other positions at WCU include dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies starting July 2017, interim dean of the College of Business and Public Management from July 2016 to August 2017 and faculty associate to the provost from August 2013 to June 2015.

Osgood is a WKU alum having graduated in 2006 with a master’s in public administration, according to according to his LinkedIn profile. He received a bachelor’s in political science from Austin Peay State University in 2005, according to his LinkedIn. After graduating from WKU, he attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a doctor of philosophy in urban and public affairs in 2009, according to the University of Louisville’s Office of the Registrar.

Osgood’s visit to WKU includes meetings with President Timothy Caboni, the president’s cabinet, members of the Academic Affairs executive team, the Council of Academic Deans, the Board of Regents, the University Senate and the Student Government Association, according to an itinerary. The presentation and open forum will take place in Grise room 235 from 1 to 2 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.

A candidate evaluation form can be found on the Academic Affairs webpage along with Osgood’s CV and itinerary.

Osgood is the first of three candidates scheduled to visit campus this week. The other two candidates will visit April 18 and April 19 and participate in open forums. Video of all three open forums will be available on the Academic Affairs webpage on Friday after all on-campus visits have concluded. The candidate information for those two finalists will be released 24 hours before they each visit campus, according to the Academic Affairs webpage.

The candidate selected for the position will replace current Provost David Lee who has served in the position since August 2015. Following the appointment of the new provost, Lee will become WKU’s first university historian.

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