The University Record, October 28, 1998

Five finalists identified in Flint chancellor search

By Donna Ullrich

The U-M-Flint Chancellor Search Committee, chaired by Carolyn Gillespie, professor of theatre and dance and department chair, announced the five finalists for the position of chancellor Oct. 21. The selection comes after months of review by the committee and in consultation with President Lee C. Bollinger.

The finalists are Tony Atwater, associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo; Mark S. Auburn, interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and interim associate provost at the University of Akron; Charles E. Kupchella, provost at Southeast Missouri State University; David L. Potter (not pictured), provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at George Mason University; and Mary Kathryn Tetreault, interim dean of education at California State University at Northridge.

Bollinger said he is “extremely pleased” with the work of the search committee and is looking forward to meeting the candidates. “I greatly appreciate these candidates’ interest in the University of Michigan-Flint.”

In a letter to U-M-Flint faculty, students and staff, Bollinger said he has asked the Search Advisory Committee to organize campus visits for the candidates. “I have also asked the committee to coordinate the collection of comments from the campus and the community,” he said. “Your contribution to welcoming these individuals, sharing with them your insights into the campus, and helping both them and us evaluate their fit for the position will be crucial.”

Interim Chancellor Beverly J. Schmoll said she is pleased that the committee has “identified five candidates it feels will be appropriate for the campus” and is looking forward to the next phase of the search process.

The new chancellor will be the sixth for the 42-year-old university.

The finalists will begin visiting the Flint campus after Oct. 26. The search committee is coordinating numerous public meetings and appointments for each candidate. Tours of the city and meetings on the Ann Arbor campus are also among the candidates’ itineraries.


Tony Atwater

Atwater has served as associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo since 1995. In 1994–95, he was special assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. In 1991–94, he was chair and professor of journalism and mass media at Rutgers University.

He was at Michigan State University (MSU) for eight years, where he was on the faculty of the School of Journalism and served as assistant director of the Honors College.

His professional experience also includes eight years of work in radio and television as news reporter and director.

He holds an associate’s degree in radio and television production from Virginia Western Community College, a B.A. in mass media arts from Hampton University, an M.A. in education from VPI & State University and a Ph.D. from MSU in mass media. He earned certificates in higher education administration from Cornell and Harvard universities.

Atwater also was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication on the Ann Arbor campus.

He has received several national research grants and has written numerous refereed journal articles and scholarly book chapters on mass media-related topics. His book, The Living Room Crisis: Social Reality and the Evening News, is forthcoming.

He is a member of the American Association for Higher Education, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.


Mark S. Auburn

Auburn joined the University of Akron in 1991 as senior vice president and provost and director of the University of Akron Foundation, coming from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) where he was vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1988–91. In 1983–88, he was at the University of Arkansas, first as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, then acting vice president for finance and administration and acting director of the University of Arkansas State University. In 1985, he was named vice president for planning.

In 1980–83, Auburn was associate vice provost and secretary, Colleges of Arts and Sciences, at Ohio State University.

He earned a master’s degree in art (1968) and Ph.D. in English with honors (1971) from the University of Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English and a B.A. in mathematics, magna cum laude, from the University of Akron (1967).

Auburn also is a professor of English at the University of Akron.

His publications include scholarly reviews, essays, book chapters, and three books: John Dryden’s Marriage a’ la Mode, Sheridan’s Comedies: Their Contexts and Achievements and Drama through Performance.

Auburn has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Research Programs; the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; the Arkansas Department of Education; the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; OhioLINK, a statewide library computing network; and to several universities.

Auburn is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Society of Theatre Research, the Modern Language Association and Phi Delta Kappa.


Charles E. Kupchella

Kupchella has been provost and professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University since 1993. In 1985–93 he served as dean of the Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health at Western Kentucky University. Prior to that he was professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University (1979–85), associate professor of oncology at the University of Louisville (1978–81) and associate director for administration and planning at the Cancer Center at the University of Louisville (1973–79).

Kupchella earned his Ph.D. in physiology and microbiology at St. Bonaventure University (New York) in 1968. He completed post-doctoral research in physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1971. He holds a B.S. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1964).

His fellowships and honors include numerous Who’s Who entries in volumes on American Men of Science, American Education and Science and Engineering.

He is a member of the Academic Affairs Resource Center Advisory Committee, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association for Cancer Education.

Kupchella serves on the editorial review boards of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, The Journal of Cancer Education and Transactions of the Kentucky Academy of Science.

He is the recipient of numerous research grants related to liver disease and cancer and has published extensively in that area. His seven books include Environmental Science: Living Within the System of Nature.


David L. Potter

Potter has been with George Mason University since 1986, serving as executive assistant to the president (1986–87), vice president for executive affairs (1987–91) and vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1991–96) before assuming his current duties as provost.

He is a tenured member of the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He holds a Ph.D. (1973) and M.A. (1972) in social science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a B.A. in history (cum laude) from Amherst College (1964).

Potter held several posts at the Virginia State Council of Higher Education in 1981–85: coordinator of academic programs, assistant to the director for legislative programs and assistant director of academic programs.

He was on the faculty of Denison University where he directed the Urban Studies Program (1973–79), coordinated interdisciplinary studies (1977–78) and directed the Simulations Center (1978–79).

Potter has been on the visiting faculty of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Philadelphia Urban Semester Program (1974–75), and served as assistant to the director (1971–72) of the Public Affairs Program at Syracuse University. In 1970, he was a visiting research associate at Silliman University in the Philippines.

He is on the accrediting team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and chaired the Task Force on Student Learning, a national task force appointed by the American Association for Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Potter participated in the Oxford International Roundtable on Education Policy (1995) and in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University (1990). He was named a Fellow in Academic Administration by the American Council on Education in 1979.

Potter’s scholarly publications include book chapters, journal articles and book reviews on higher education management and within his social science discipline.


Mary Kathryn Tetreault

Tetreault began her university administration and teaching career in 1980 as director and assistant professor of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Lewis and Clark College, Oregon. In 1985, she became assistant dean and associate professor of the Graduate School of Professional Studies there. She joined the California State University at Fullerton administration in 1987 as professor and dean of the School of Human Development and Community Service. In 1993, she was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Fullerton.

Tetreault began teaching social studies in the Chicago Public Schools in 1965, and in 1970–75 she taught in Wayland, Mass. In 1975, she became supervisor of Equal Educational Opportunity for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Tetreault holds an Ed.D. in social education and women’s studies (1979) from Boston University and an M.A. in history education from the University of Chicago (1966). Her B.A. in history is from Benedictine College (1961). She also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (1995).

Among her many scholarly publications, she co-authored The Feminist Classroom and Women in America: Half of History. Her other works include book chapters, refereed articles, reviews and technical reports, and she has made paper presentations on learning, diversity in higher education and women’s studies.

Tetreault received the Women Educators’ Annual Research Award in 1994 and 1995. She has received fellowships from the Oregon Committee for Humanities Summer Research Program, the Boston University School of Education, and the Ford Foundation at the University of Chicago.

She is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, the American Council on Education and the American Educational Research Association. She serves on the Board of Appeals for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and on the board of the California State University Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Other service includes the Board of Directors of the California State University Fullerton Foundation, and advisory and steering committees of the Huntington Women’s Studies Seminars.

Flint chancellor search committee


Members of the U-M-Flint Chancellor Search Committee are:

Carolyn M. Gillespie (chair), professor of theater; Anita K. Barry, professor of English; Paulette M. Cebulski, associate professor and director of physical therapy; Virgil W. Cope, professor of chemistry; Susan K. Gano-Phillips, assistant professor of psychology; Daniel P. Haggerty, student, College of Arts and Sciences;

C. Peethambaran Kartha, professor of management; Johnny Young, program coordinator, Equal Opportunity Initiatives; Larry R. Thompson, president and CEO, Flint Cultural Center Corp.; Marcia Y. Watkins, associate professor of art; Bobby Wells, executive director, Community Capital Development Corp.

Gary D. Krenz, special counsel to the president, is liaison to the committee for the Office of the President.


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