Capital announces finalists for provosts search

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Capital University announced that Jody Fournier and Barbara Feldman have been selected as finalists for the vacant provost position. The search began in April 2016 with the departure of Richard Ashbrook.

Initially, a pool of 50 candidates were selected for the interview process, then narrowed down to eight semi-finalists. Based on their references, materials, and interviews, Fournier and Feldman were then selected from that group.

After being selected as finalists, Fournier and Feldman were invited to visit Capital for the final step in the selection process. With their accepted invitations, both candidates will be visiting campus within the next week.

Fournier will visit the Bexley campus on Tuesday Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Schneider North of the Student Union, and the Law School campus from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 208. 

Feldman will visit the Bexley campus on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Schineder North, and the Law School campus from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 208.

Both candidates have demonstrated strong qualifications for the position.

Fournier has earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Ohio State University, along with a Master of Science degree in family relations and human development. His academic administrative appointments include Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Capital University. In 2009, Fournier was awarded the Community Leadership Award by Franklin County Children Services for community engagement work with community settlement houses in Columbus.

Feldman’s education includes a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, along with a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Delaware. In recent years, Feldman has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater State University. Additionally, she has fulfilled the role of Dean at William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences. Among her numerous accomplishments, Feldman initiated the Bridgewater, Boston and Beyond program, which funds professors to take classes to surrounding areas to enhance classroom experience.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend sessions between the candidates and various Capital constituencies. The search committee will allow students to share feedback immediately following each session via electronic survey.

Continue to follow The Chimes for future updates on the final phase of this search.

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