By Alisha Hockensmith/Assistant News editor

D’Ann Campbell, the third provost candidate to visit Eastern’s campus, shook hands with and individually greeted around 20 people at a forum last Thursday.Campbell is a consultant for Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston where she is responsible for fund-raising, designing and managing education and research programs for the new research library.

She was interim president for White Pines College in New Hampshire from 2001-2002 and has held many leadership roles including vice president for academic affairs at Southern New Hampshire University and vice president for academic affairs at the Sage Colleges in New York.

Eastern is the type of university Campbell said she is looking for.

“I’m looking for an institution where I can stay for many, many years … I want a place where I can live right next to campus,” Campbell said. “I want a place where I can be a member of the community.”

Campbell said she is passionate about higher education and that tenure is vital.

It is important to do internal assessments, Campbell said. She also said she believes in program review.

“It’s critically important to understand the needs and concerns of students,” Campbell said.

She suggested some ways to make sure Eastern is working towards the concerns of students and faculty.

“We’ve got to get together to make sure academics is No. 1 in the president’s cabinet,” Campbell said.

“The single most important thing is to figure out better ways to communicate.”

Campbell spoke of many qualities she believes would make her right for the job.

“I have passion. I have high energy. I’m a people person, so I want to pizza with the provost for students,” Campbell said.

“I always seem to wind up to be the leader.”

She said she likes to listen and likes to include people, and that she is a caring faculty member.

“I’m very proud of my colleagues and the difference we can make in higher education.”

“Teaching has to be the bottom line, Campbell said. “We owe it to our community to give back on a professional level.”

The next candidate for provost, Lyle Cook, will have open forums at 11 a.m., today in Brock Auditorium in the Coates Building and at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Student Services Building Auditorium.