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[Secret] Provost candidate #1 is James Antony

Currently serving as dean of something or other at UCSD. His Ph.D. is in Higher Education & Organizational Change. You can find his cv and letter at According to his Google Scholar page he’s done research on athletic scandals and faculty satisfaction. Seems like a good fit!

Whoops, Ed School prof Leslie Leve, head of the search committee, thinks that the names of finalists for provost at a public university should be private. That’s right, if you’ve got a colleague at their current university you’re not supposed to ask them if they’ve done a good job or not. Good luck with that:

Sent from the Office of the President on behalf of Leslie Leve, the chair of the provost search committee:

University of Oregon community members, 

I am writing with an update on the University of Oregon’s search for a permanent provost and senior vice president, and to note a change to the finalists’ visit schedule. 

We have invited four finalists to come to the Eugene campus for two-day visits. As previously announced, faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet each finalist during a 45-minute open session, held both in person and on Zoom. Thank you to everyone who met with the first candidate this week.

The open sessions for the remaining three candidates are: 

Mon., Feb. 26, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., EMU, Cedar and Spruce Rooms, 231, 232. 
Wed., Feb. 28, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., EMU, Cedar and Spruce Rooms, 231, 232.  
Thurs., March 7, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Pape Reception Hall. 

The Zoom link and each candidate’s cover letter and curriculum vitae will be posted three days prior to the visit in a secure folder on the Office of the President’s provost search webpage.  Viewing the folder requires being logged into Microsoft 365 via Shibboleth. A member of the search committee will facilitate each session. 

We again remind you not to disclose candidate names or information with anyone outside of campus to protect and respect our candidates’ privacy throughout the search. [Emphasis added] A link to a feedback survey will be posted in the secure search folder on the first day of each candidate’s visit. All surveys will close on Monday, March 11. 

If you attend a session, please remember that questions should be centered on the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the role. Questions about a candidate’s race, ethnicity, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and disabilities might be construed as discriminatory and should not be asked during the interview, whether formally or informally as part of any follow-up discussion. 

Thank you again for your interest and participation in this important search. 

Leslie Leve   
Provost Search Committee Chair   
Lorry Lokey Chair and Professor, College of Education


  1. honest Uncle Bernie 02/22/2024

    Wait, they invite the public to meet with these characters but they expect their identities to remain secret? Is this a joke or what? Reminds me of that college run by Groucho, for those who know their Marxism well.

    And of course race sex etc blind, completely irrelevant, UO has ended DEI. Times they are a-changing?

    • Common Sense 02/23/2024

      Anyone with affiliation with the UO can access the online folder where information (including CV) is shared. They’re just not highlighting them to the bloggers at their home institution. Wonder why LOL.

  2. moss defender 02/28/2024

    Has any UO admin ever accomplished anything that benefits the average UO student in recent decades ? Attracting the GameDay TV show does not count

    • UO Matters Post author | 02/28/2024

      Mike Schill got Connie Ballmer to donate a bunch of money to expand the program that gives free tuition to low-income in-state students.

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