WKU provost remains candidate at Alabama

Elliott Pratt

The University of Alabama is still searching for its new provost.

WKU’s provost, Dr. Gordon Emslie, is a candidate for the position and participated in an interview on UA’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 23.

The University of Alabama’s office of academic affairs said the search committee is “still evaluating” all of the candidates for the provost title.

Along with Emslie, the university interviewed three other candidates: Pam Whitten, Kimberly Espy and Dave Francko, who is currently the associate provost and dean of the graduate school at Alabama.

WKU President Gary Ransdell told the Herald several weeks ago that he wouldn’t be surprised if Emslie took the job if offered, and “wouldn’t be surprised if offered, if he turned it down.”

Joe Benson, Alabama’s vice president of research, is filling in as the school’s interim provost.

Before joining WKU in 2010, Emslie served on staff at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Oklahoma State University.