Search Updates
Provost Search

December 19

Dr. Todd Pfannestiel named as Utica College's new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. See President Casamento's announcement.

November 30 - December 7

Candidate visits to campus.

November 28

Following a national search and after careful consideration of a very talented semifinalist pool, the Search Committee has selected three finalists in the search for Utica College’s next Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

September 13

The Search Committee has also developed a survey to gather additional feedback on the most important priorities the Provost/Senior Vice President should be prepared to address and the qualities and attributes s/he must possess. The survey is available at

Faculty and staff who were not able to meet with the search consultants (or who participated and have additional thoughts to share) are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete this important survey. Responses are confidential and will go directly to our search firm, where they will be aggregated and analyzed. Please note that while there may be some overlap between questions, that is intentional in order to help the search committee better interpret the results. The results will be shared with the search committee to assist the members in their review and vetting of candidates.

August 30

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open session with Steve Leo and Vicki Henderson of Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, the search firm that is assisting with the search for the next Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The sessions will be held in the Carbone Family Auditorium in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building. The schedule is as follows.

Faculty sessions
Tuesday, September 5, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Staff session
Tuesday, September 5 from 11:00 a.m. to noon

The purpose of the open session is to help the consultants gather information about the College and to get a sense of the key characteristics and competencies the UC community should be seeking in candidates. Input from faculty and staff is extremely important to this process, and will help the search committee as it heads into the active recruitment phase of the search.

August 29

A national search for Utica College’s next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs is underway, and a search committee has been formed to help select the successor to John Johnsen.

The search committee includes members of the UC faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and students. The committee first met earlier this month, and had a very positive discussion regarding the search process as well as the opportunities and challenges facing the next provost. The committee is in the process of developing the position profile, which it hopes to have completed by early September. To that end, the College’s search consultants, Steve Leo and Vicki Henderson from Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates, visited campus on August 16 and met with Provost Johnsen, the President’s and Provost’s Cabinets, the administrative reports to the Provost, members of the Presidential Transition Committee, and others to discuss what qualities UC’s next provost should have.

The committee expects to start interviewing a select group of candidates by November, and hopes to bring finalists to campus in early December. Members of the UC community will be notified as soon as the committee knows when finalists will be on campus to meet with faculty, staff, and students.

The search consultants will soon begin the process of soliciting nominations as well as actively recruiting prospective candidates from their database and beyond. In preparation for the active recruiting phase, the search committee is planning open meetings on campus on September 5. During these meetings, Mr. Leo and Ms. Henderson will meet with different constituent groups to elicit comments and insights on the priorities, traits, and experiences that you think the next Provost should possess. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings once they have been announced.


Steve Leo
Vice President
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502