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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Three Candidates To Be Interviewed
For Provost Position at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: March 19, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Three candidates for the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have been invited to campus for interviews in March and April.
Interviewing for UW-Eau Claire's No. 2 position will be Dr. James M. Gentile, dean for the Natural Sciences and The Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.; Dr. Steven K. Pontius, vice president for academic affairs at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.; and Dr. Ronald N. Satz, dean of the College of Professional Studies at UW-Eau Claire.
Gentile is scheduled to be at UW-Eau Claire to interview March 25-26, Pontius is scheduled to be on campus for interviews March 29-30, and Satz will interview for the position April 1-2.
Included in the interview schedules are hourlong meetings with student leaders and other interested students and a 75-minute open presentation with faculty, and academic and classified staffs.
Gentile earned a doctorate in genetics from Illinois State University in 1974 and did his postdoctoral work at Yale University School of Medicine. He joined the biology faculty of Hope College in 1976 and later served as department chair. He moved to his current position in 1988.
Pontius earned his doctorate in geography in 1977 at the University of Minnesota. He joined the geography faculty of Radford University in Virginia, later served as department chair and in 1991 was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, he was named vice president for academic affairs at Austin Peay State University.
Satz earned his doctorate in history in 1972 from the University of Maryland. He joined the University of Tennessee-Martin faculty and in 1976 became the dean of Graduate Studies at that institution. In 1983, he came to UW-Eau Claire. And in 1995, he became dean of the newly created College of Professional Studies at UW-Eau Claire.
Dr. Thomas Miller has been interim provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs since Chancellor Larry Schnack retired in January 1998.
For additional information about the interview schedules, call Dr. Carl Haywood, chair of the Provost Search Committee, at (715) 836-2542, or see UW-Eau Claire's Web site at

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 19, 1999