By Herald Staff | 06 April 2010
By: Spencer Jenkins & Tessa Duvall
President Gary Ransdell announced via e-mail yesterday that Gordon Emslie will be Western’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Emslie is associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College at Oklahoma State University.
Ransdell will make the official introduction today at 1 p.m in the Kentucky Building.
Emslie was one of three remaining candidates for the position, along with David Lee, dean of Potter College of Arts and Letters at Western, and John de Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University.
Search Committee Chair Sharon Mutter said that on March 27, the committee sent Ransdell a list of the strengths and weaknesses of the three remaining candidates.
Ransdell met with Emslie and Lee during the week of March 29 to get additional information, she said.
Emslie has a number of strengths, Mutter said.
Emslie has some new ideas and a clear vision for where he could see the university going, she said.
“He’s an interesting person that is going to get people excited and energized,” Mutter said.
Emslie’s background is in astrophysics, and he has degrees in mechanical engineering and French, according to Ransdell’s e-mail.
Ransdell called Emslie “an active teacher and researcher.” He declined to comment further until today’s official announcement.
Mutter said she thinks Emslie will start as soon as Burch steps down in June.
“I’m very pleased with the whole process,” Mutter said. “I think it went well.”
Colton Jessie, the Student Government Association president-elect, is a member of the search committee.
He said Emslie was personable, with a wide range of experience.
“He seemed like he has a lot of fresh ideas and a definite dedication to academic quality,” Jessie said.
Jessie said he plans to work with the new provost, who will be “a key ally in getting things done,” this summer as he begins fulfilling his duties as SGA president.
Emslie couldn’t be reached for comment.