In an email to the university community on May 2, President Thayne McCulloh announced that the search for the provost and senior vice president will officially be re-engaged. This announcement follows the March 9 termination of the 2017-2018 search for someone to fill the position.
Ideally, the position will be advertised in late summer and fall with the hope of interacting with candidates in October and November.
Until a candidate is selected to serve as Gonzaga’s first provost and senior vice president, Dr. Beth J. Martin will serve as the interim provost and senior vice president during the 2018-2019 academic year. She will come to campus July 2 and her tenure as interim provost will begin July 15.
The administration chose Martin out of three individuals from the Registry for College and University Presidents. This organization retains higher education professionals for interim assignments.
Martin is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Names University, which is located in Oakland, California. She received an AB in Psychology and Creative Writing from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Physiological and Developmental Psychology from Stanford University.
Martin has experience researching, teaching and consulting in higher education.
In 2001 she became the founding Dean of the School of Sciences at Notre Dame de Namur University.
Starting in 2006 she has served as the chief academic officer at Holy Names University. Her specific role in this capacity changed from vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty to provost.
McCulloh outlined two main goals for the 2018-2019 academic year related to the provost model: for the community to engage with the creation of the provost structure and to find successors for deans in the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing and Human Physiology and Leadership Studies.