Finalists Named for Texas Tech Provost Position
November 25, 2008
Robert Smith and Gail Hackett have been named finalists for the position of provost
at Texas Tech.
President Guy Bailey announced today (Nov. 25) that Robert Smith and Gail Hackett
have been named finalists for the position of provost at Texas Tech University.
"Both Dr. Hackett and Dr. Smith are outstanding educators and have proven track records
as chief academic officers," Bailey said. "The position of provost is vital as Texas
Tech continues to grow and strengthen its reputation nationally. I look forward to
hearing input from faculty, staff and students after the candidates visit campus."
Smith is provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs emeritus and professor of
chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Hackett is provost and vice
chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Smith will visit Texas Tech Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. An open forum is set for 4 p.m. Dec.
1 in the Escondido Theatre in the basement of the Student Union Building.
Hackett will visit campus Dec. 2 - Dec. 4. An open forum is set for 4 p.m. Dec. 3
in the Escondido Theatre in the basement of the Student Union Building.
All faculty, staff, students and interested Lubbock community members are welcome
to attend the open forums. While on campus, the finalists will meet with the president
and his executive cabinet, representatives from the Office of the Provost, academic
deans, the faculty and staff senates and the student government association among
Finalists were recommended after a round of airport interviews last week, said Michael
Shonrock, search committee chair and vice president for student affairs and enrollment
"We were fortunate to have many qualified applicants," Shonrock said. "The search
committee spent long hours on this job and are to be commended for their hard work
as is Robert Lawless, senior consultant with Academic Search Inc., the company who
assisted us in our search."
Smith joined the University of Arkansas in 2000. Previously he had served as vice
provost for research and graduate education and dean of the Graduate School at the
University of Connecticut and vice president for research and dean of the graduate
school at Washington State University. He also was on the faculty at the University
of Texas and the University of Iowa. He is a widely published scholar in the field
of pharmacology. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. John's University, Jamaica,
N.Y. and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.
Hackett joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City as provost and vice chancellor
for academic affairs and professor of counseling and education psychology in 2008.
Previously she served as university vice provost and dean of University College at
Arizona State University. She also was on the faculty of the University of California,
Santa Barbara and Ohio State University. She is a widely published author in the fields
of social cognitive theory and career assessment and counseling. She earned her bachelor's,
master's and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
Feedback on both candidates after their visit to campus is encouraged and can be provided
to the search committee at email@example.com