Up to $150,000 has been allocated by the Ramapo College Board of Trustees for use in the school’s national search for a new provost. The current provost, Beth Barnett, recently announced her decision to resign after holding the position since 2006.
The Board announced its resolution to allocate funds to the search in a schoolwide email released on Sept. 27, although the amount dedicated to the search was not disclosed in the same email.
Chief of Staff and Board Liaison Brittany A. Goldstein responded in an email following a request for information made by the Ramapo News. According to Goldstein, “The Board resolution authorized the College to engage professional services (i.e. a search firm) to assist with a national search for a new Provost.”
“The funds are not to exceed $150k and are being drawn from the College’s operating account,” Goldstein continued in her email.
In an online post published on Oct. 2, President Mercer stated the College intends “to have a new Provost in place by July 1, 2018.”
Barnett stated she will remain provost until June 30, 2018, in an email response to the Ramapo News.
“In academic administration, it is customary to give one year’s notice of your intent to leave your position. This allows the College time to plan and implement a national search for the successor,” Barnett wrote, “And to find the best candidate for the job.”
Barnett and the Office of the President were both approached for comment on the circumstances surrounding Barnett’s decision to leave her position. At the time of writing, neither had responded.
UPDATE – October 12, 2017
President Mercer commented on Barnett's announced departure in an email Thursday, stating the following: