By Jamie Vinson/Co-editor
Eastern’s list of ongoing searches keeps getting longer — head football coach Roy Kidd announced he will retire at the end of the season last week, bringing the number of top positions the university needs to fill to six.University President Joanne Glasser and Interim Athletics Director Jack Lengyel already have begun searching for Kidd’s replacement — the two are conducting the search together, no committee has been appointed.
“Ads for the head football coaching position were placed this past Friday in various national publications such as the NCAA News, Black Coaches Association, Black Colleges and Universities, as well as the EKU Web site,” Glasser told The Progress Monday. “We are also looking at placing on the job boards of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics and the American Football Coaches Association.”
According to the ad, the new head football coach will “implement and manage all phases of a nationally competitive Division I-AA football program in accordance with NCAA and university regulations. Areas of responsibility include coaching, supervising assistant coaches, recruiting, scheduling travel, purchasing budget, promotions, fundraising and promoting and monitoring academic progress and graduation of student-athletes.”
The position also requires a bachelor’s degree; however, a master’s degree is preferred. In addition to experience as a Division I collegiate coach, the ad states that the candidate should have “excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to enhance interaction with student-athletes and related constituents.”
Both Glasser and Lengyel agree Kidd will be tough to replace.
“He has set high standards for our football program which I intend to maintain and build upon in the future,” Glasser said.
“Roy Kidd is one of the legendary coaches in the history of football and it will be a difficult task at best to find his successor,” Lengyel said. “We will be looking for an experienced coach and leader who has a great commitment to the success of the student athletes both on an off the field.”
Applications for the position are being accepted and interviews will begin after Nov. 9. Glasser and Lengyel hope to have someone in place by the end of the football season.
Other searches underway include vice president for student affairs and dean of the College of Justice and Safety. Searches for the dean of the Graduate School, provost and athletics director are expected to begin later this year.
VP for student affairs
The position of vice president for student affairs has been open since November of 2001. Rita Davis, former vice president for enrollment management, has been serving as acting VP and has applied for the permanent position.
Judy Spain, an associate professor and chair of the search committee for the position, said “the search is going very well.”
“We have received a very good response and we are in the process of reviewing the candidates,” Spain said. “It would be the hope of the committee that candidates will be arriving on campus for interviews this semester.”
The committee began reviewing applicants Sept. 13 and will continue to do so until the position is filled.
Dean of J&S
Gary Cordner, dean of the College of Justice and Safety, will retire from his position and return to teaching at the end of the year. A search committee headed by Dominick Hart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will begin reviewing applicants Oct. 15.
Hart said the committee has received 16 applications and expects more to come in “as the initial review date of Oct. 15 nears.” The committee will continue to screen applicants until a new dean is named.
A search for the provost is expected to begin soon. Michael Marsden resigned from the position this summer and Mark Wasicsko, former dean of the College of Education, is serving as acting provost until the university appoints someone.
Glasser told The Progress Monday she is “beginning to think about a search committee right now and compiling names.” She plans to make a public announcement regarding the search once the list is finalized. The new provost officially will assume duties July 1.
Dean of Graduate Studies and AD
Bankole Thompson, dean of the Graduate School, will leave his deanship at the end of the semester — a search is expected to begin this spring.
Chip Smith resigned from the AD position Aug. 20. Glasser postponed the search for his replacement in September shortly after the university appointed Lengyel interim, citing “no need to rush the process of finding a permanent athletics director.”
Glasser plans to make a campus announcement once the search resumes.