Jennifer Bott, final WSU provost candidate to visit campus.
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Second Wright State provost candidate drops out; new applicant to visit

A second candidate for the Wright State University provost job has withdrawn her name from consideration.

Jennifer Bott, dean of Ball State University’s college of business, will not visit campus today and Thursday as initially planned, the university announced today.

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Bott becomes the second provost candidate in a week to pull her name from consideration at last minute. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was also a finalist for the job but he also withdrew from consideration on the day he was scheduled to visit.

Bott is also a finalist for the provost job at Western Michigan University, according to an announcement on the school’s website made Friday.

Another candidate will visit Wright State on Thursday and Friday. Joshua Powers, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University will be the last finalist now, according to WSU.

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Previously at ISU, Powers served as the chairman of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. Powers has also served as special assistant to the chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington and assistant director for operations for the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Student Union, according to Wright State.

Outgoing Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp has said he plans to step down from his role in June but has not said whether he will return to a faculty position, retire or seek other job opportunities.

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