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In the Fall of 2017, Ramapo College launched a national search for a talented Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs who can work collaboratively with the president, senior cabinet and deans, faculty, students and college constituents to continue the institution’s strong, positive trajectory while bringing new ideas, and a collaborative and creative approach, to addressing challenges posed by the current state of uncertainty in higher education.

In September 2017, Beth Barnett announced to the College that, after 12 years of service, she would be stepping down from the role of Provost/VP of Academic Affairs.

Shortly thereafter, College President Peter P. Mercer established a Search Committee. The College partnered with Witt/Kieffer Executive Search Firm to conduct a national search for Ramapo’s next Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Virtual Tour of the Ramapo Campus

Procedures for Candidacy

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications were invited. Candidates provided a resume or CV, letter of application that addressed the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References were not  contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Materials were sent electronically via email to Ramapo College’s consultants Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., Lucy Leske and Jennifer G. Bauer at

Review of candidate materials began immediately and continued until the position was filled.

Leadership Profile

Detailed Leadership Profile

Excerpts from the Detailed Leadership Profile:

“The Provost will lead a participatory effort to develop a transformative vision and academic strategic plan for Academic Affairs in the context of an academically rigorous, undergraduate focused liberal arts college that acknowledges the current challenges faced by institutions of higher education. As the academic leader, the Provost will provide the vision, enthusiasm and creativity to help the educational experience evolve in new ways and into new fields, while still reflecting the basic ethos and core mission of the institutional commitment to the liberal arts.”

“The Provost will have a remarkable opportunity to build and shape the faculty, in conjunction with the deans, in ways that will influence the course of the institution for decades – reshaping undergraduate and graduate programs, building areas of high strategic priority, increasing the commitment to interdisciplinarity and faculty development, fostering research and adding greater diversity.”

Candidate Visits:

Finalists for the position visited campus for one and a half days over the last two weeks of March. Those visits included audiences with various stakeholders including but not limited to students, trustees, faculty, deans, and staff.

At 1PM on the first day of their campus visit, finalists led an open presentation on the following topic: The value and vision of the liberal arts in a changing higher education environment and the role the Provost must play in supporting and engaging others in that vision. Question and answer followed the presentation.

The identity and professional backgrounds of finalists were provided to the campus via the Intranet in the days leading up to each visit.

Search Committee Membership:

  • Yvette Kisor, Professor, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, Committee Chair
  • Erin Augis, Professor, School of Social Science and Human Services
  • Vin Colman, Trustee
  • Stephen Geerlof, Student, Student Government Association
  • Ben Neill, Associate Professor, School of Contemporary Arts
  • Cristina Perez, Assistant Professor, School of Theoretical and Applied Science
  • Thierry Rakotobe-Joel, Associate Professor, Anisfield School of Business
  • Christopher Romano, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Kathy Stathis, Position Control, Administration & Finance
  • Jeremy Teigen, Professor, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies
  • Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, Chief of Staff & Board Liaison

Announcement of New Provost:

On April 16, 2018 President Mercer announced that, pending Board of Trustees action on April 30, Dr. Stefan Becker will join Ramapo College on July 1, 2018 as Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Becker joined the College on July 1, 2018.