Candidates & Open Session Information

Provost Candidates



Venu Govindaraju

Venu Govindaraju 

Venu Govindaraju is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY). He has served in this position as the Chief Research Officer since 2014. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1986, and his Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo in 1992.

Govindaraju joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo as a faculty member in 2000. Prior to that he worked as a principal research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR). He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2002 and SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2010.

Govindaraju is credited with major advances in computer vision and pattern recognition (a subfield of AI). He has nearly 450 refereed publications which have garnered over 15000 citations and an h-index of 64. He has graduated 40 doctoral students as their major adviser and has served as PI (or Co-PI) on about $70M in extramural research.

Govindaraju has received peer honors such as the IAPR Outstanding Achievement Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kharagpur, the IEEE Technical Achievement Award, and the MIT Global Indus Technovator Award. He is a fellow of major professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He is also a member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Dedicated Forums

Moderated DEI Discussion
(open to all members of the UC community)
Monday, May 3
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
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Staff Forum
(open to all staff members at UC)
Monday, May 3
noon – 1:00 p.m.
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Student Forum
(open to all undergraduate & graduate students)
Monday, May 3
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
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Campus Open Forums 

UC faculty, and any interested staff and students, are invited to attend any of the open forums below.

Blue Ash/Clermont Open Forum
Monday, May 3
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
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Academic Health Center
Open Forum
Tuesday, May 4
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
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West Campus Open Forum
Tuesday, May 4
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Marie A. Chisholm-Burns

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, is Dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy and has dual appointments as UTHSC Distinguished Professor in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. Guided by a driving vision to make a difference in the academic enterprise, she has participated in campus-wide and multidisciplinary teams and initiatives, created multi-disciplinary centers and programs, and is responsible for helping shape and articulate the vision, mission, and values of the College and Campus; leading transformational change and strategic planning efforts; providing stewardship of the academic and student affairs programs; advancing research, innovation and scholarly achievements; facilitating student success; managing a multi-million dollar annual budget; championing diversity, inclusivity and equity efforts; and bolstering the College’s teaching, research, clinical care, and service/outreach missions. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is a strong proponent of initiatives, services, and opportunities to advance success among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders. Further, she is a committed advocate and has a proven track record of advancing equity, inclusivity, and diversity in higher education. In recognition of her efforts, she has received honors such as the Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. 

Dr. Chisholm-Burns received her BS in Psychology and General Studies (Emphasis in Biology) from Georgia College, BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Georgia, Master of Public Health from Emory University, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. She completed her residency at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is Founder and Director of the Medication Access Program which increases medication access to solid-organ transplant recipients. She has also served in numerous elected leadership positions in several different professional organizations, has worked in multiple pharmacy settings, is a board member of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and is a member of the National Academies of Practice. She has participated as an accreditation site evaluator for ACPE, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Western Association for Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.

A dedicated scholar, Dr. Chisholm-Burns has more than 355 publications and over $17 million in external funding as principal investigator and co-investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations. She has published several textbooks that have been adopted in many schools. In 2008 and 2011, textbooks co-edited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice and Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Finance, respectively, received the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She has received numerous awards and honors from national professional organizations including the Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature, Research Achievement Award, Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award, Award of Excellence, Joint Leadership Award, Clinician of Distinction Award, Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award,  Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, Clinical Pharmacy Education Award, Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, Rufus A. Lyman Award for most outstanding publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (1996 and 2007), Pharmacy Practice Research Award (2011 and 2014), Chauncey I. Cooper Pharmacist Leadership Award, and Russell R. Miller Award.

Dedicated Forums

Moderated DEI Discussion
(open to all members of the UC community)
Wednesday, May 5
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
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Staff Forum
(open to all staff members at UC)
Wednesday, May 5
noon – 1:00 p.m.
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Student Forum
(open to all undergraduate & graduate students)
Wednesday, May 5
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
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Campus Open Forums 

UC faculty, and any interested staff and students, are invited to attend any of the open forums below.

Blue Ash/Clermont Open Forum
Wednesday, May 5
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
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Academic Health Center
Open Forum
Thursday, May 6
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
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West Campus Open Forum
Thursday, May 6
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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Douglas W. Woods

Douglas W. Woods

Doug Woods is currently the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Dean of the Graduate School, and Acting Chief of Digital Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In these roles. Dr. Woods is responsible for leading the development and implementation of campus-wide plans for graduate, professional, and online education.  He also leads the day-to-day operation of the Graduate School, which includes budget oversight, program development and evaluation, enrollment management, financial aid, records, marketing and communication, graduate student development, and collaboration with the shared governance bodies surrounding graduate education.

Prior to joining Marquette, Dr. Woods served as Head of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Woods spent the first 14 years of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he served as Professor of Psychology, Director of Training for the clinical psychology Ph.D. program, Chair of the Psychology Department and Associate Dean of the Graduate School. 

Born in St. Henry, Ohio, Dr. Woods earned a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University.  He went on to earn an M.S. from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University; both in Clinical Psychology.  Dr. Woods remains a licensed clinical psychologist and active researcher, having authored or co-authored over 300 publications and received over $7 million in extramural research funds to study the phenomenology and treatment of Tourette syndrome and other obsessive-compulsive related disorders.

Dedicated Forums

Moderated DEI Discussion
(open to all members of the UC community)
Thursday, April 22
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
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Student Forum
(open to all undergraduate & graduate students)
Thursday, April 22
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
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Staff Forum
(open to all staff members at UC)
Friday, April 23
11:00 a.m. – noon
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Campus Open Forums 

UC faculty, and any interested staff and students, are invited to attend any of the open forums below.

West Campus Open Forum
Thursday, April 22
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Registration Link - Live Captioning Provided

Blue Ash/Clermont Open Forum
Thursday, April 22
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Link - Live Captioning Provided

Academic Health Center
Open Forum
Friday, April 23
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
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Valerio Ferme

Valerio Ferme

Valerio Ferme is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to holding this position, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Northern Arizona University (2017-2019) and Divisional Dean for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Colorado (2015-2017), where he also served as Chair of the Department of French and Italian (2007-2012, 2014-2015). A double-degree earner in Biology and Religious Studies at Brown University as an undergraduate, he received Masters in Comparative Literature and Italian Studies from Indiana University, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC-Berkeley, where he also was awarded Fulbright and Chancellor’s Fellowships.

As a scholar, he has published three monographs, three edited volumes, two scholarly translations and a bilingual collection of poetry, in addition to over 60 articles and reviews. As a faculty member and mid-level administrator at the University of Colorado, he was recognized for his pedagogy with the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award (2014); and for his work in Inclusive Excellence on behalf of staff and underrepresented graduate students with a Special Recognition Award from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (2017). He is also the former president of the American Association of Italian Studies (2017-2019).

In his personal life, Dr. Ferme enjoys traveling and visiting National Parks. More importantly, he and his husband have custody and are raising their three amazing grandchildren.

Dedicated Forums

Staff Forum
(open to all staff members at UC)
Tuesday, April 27
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
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Student Forum
(open to all undergraduate & graduate students)
Tuesday, April 27
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration Link - Live Captioning Provided

Moderated DEI Discussion
(open to all members of the UC community)
Wednesday, April 28
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
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Campus Open Forums 

UC faculty, and any interested staff and students, are invited to attend any of the open forums below.

Blue Ash/Clermont Open Forum
Tuesday, April 27
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Registration Link - Live Captioning Provided

Academic Health Center
Open Forum
Wednesday, April 28
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration Link

West Campus Open Forum
Wednesday, April 28
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Registration Link




Craig H. Kennedy

Craig H. Kennedy

Craig H. Kennedy, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut.  He has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut, Dean at the University of Georgia, and Senior Associate Dean, Associate Dean for Research, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University.  His research focuses on people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.  During his career he has published over 160 scholarly papers and secured over $17M in extramural support for his teaching, research, and service.  He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon. 

Dedicated Forums

Moderated DEI Discussion
(open to all members of the UC community)
Thursday, April 29
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Registration Link

Staff Forum
(open to all staff members at UC)
Thursday, April 29
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Registration Link

Student Forum
(open to all undergraduate & graduate students)
Thursday, April 29
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Link

Campus Open Forums 

UC faculty, and any interested staff and students, are invited to attend any of the open forums below.

Blue Ash/Clermont Open Forum
Thursday, April 29
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Link

Academic Health Center
Open Forum
Friday, April 30
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration Link

West Campus Open Forum
Friday, April 30
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Registration Link

 


 

 

 

 

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