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Wright State to welcome last provost candidate from Ball State

Wright State University’s final provost candidate to visit campus is an administrator at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Jennifer Bott serves as dean of the college of business at Ball State, where she is also a professor of management, according to WSU. Bott will visit campus this Thursday and Friday and will participate in two public forums.

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Bott has held several leadership positions at Ball State, including associate provost for learning initiatives and executive director of the master’s of business administration and graduate certificate programs, according to Wright State. Bott obtained both her doctoral degree and master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from University of Akron in Ohio.

Bott is the last of four provost candidates who were scheduled to visit Wright State as finalists for the school’s top academic job.

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The candidates who came to campus included Bott, Boise State University business dean Kenneth Pertersen and Appalachian State University vice provost Susan Edwards. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was also a finalist but withdrew his name from consideration at the last minute.

Outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp is expected to step down from his role in June. He has not said whether he plans on returning to a faculty position, retiring or taking another job, a WSU spokesman said this week.

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