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Provost Search

Search for the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

The search for the next provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the University of Dayton is underway after current Provost Paul Benson announced his retirement effective July 1, 2023.

In announcing the Provost Search Advisory Committee membership, President Eric Spina indicated that the search will be open to internal and external candidates and the process will provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to engage in meaningful ways.

Search Advisory Committee

The Provost Search Advisory Committee appointed by Spina is diverse and broadly representative, making it well-positioned to work closely with him and the Isaacson, Miller search consultant to develop and assess the candidate pool.

The members of the Provost Search Advisory Committee are:

  • Prof. Jana Bennett, Department of Religious Studies (co-chair)
  • Michelle Mathile, Member of the UD Board of Trustees (co-chair)
  • Joanna Abdallah, doctoral student, School of Education and Health Sciences
  • Merida Allen, Executive Director of Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center; Associate Dean of Students
  • Ryan Allen, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning
  • Prof. Kimberly Bigelow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Dean Trevor Collier, School of Business Administration
  • Prof. Kenya Crosson, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Associate Dean
  • Prof. Jennifer Dalton, Dietetics and Nutrition Program
  • David Dunn, Head, Division of Power and Energy, UDRI
  • Fr. James Fitz, S.M., Vice President for Mission and Rector; Trustee
  • Prof. Umesh Haritashya, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
  • Prof. Grant Neeley, Department of Political Science
  • Yamilet Perez Aragon, senior undergraduate; Sustainability & Graphic Design majors
  • Jason Reinoehl, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Jenell Ross, Member of the UD Board of Trustees
  • Troy Washington, Vice President for Human Resources

Jana Bennett is a professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies whose expertise is in moral theology. Dr. Bennett has been on the faculty of the University of Dayton for 14 years and also directs the disability studies minor.

Michelle Mathile is a UD graduate and parent of two UD graduates as well as a current student; as a member of the Board of Trustees she serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Committee on Trustees. Ms. Mathile serves as Vice Chair of the Board for The Glen at St. Joseph and is a member of both the Montgomery County Two-Generation Advisory Committee, and the East End Community Services Community Action Council.