Vice Chancellor Search Candidates Make Their Case

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From left to right: Nicole Rovig, Paul McGuiness and Cam Cruickshank.

By COURTNEY MORRISON, Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has been looking for a new Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Life since Vice Chancellor Stanley Henderson’s retirement last year.

In April, Craig Aimar of Saginaw Valley University and Kevin Kucera from Eastern Michigan University interviewed for the position, but Chancellor Daniel Little said he wanted to keep looking.

“Over the summer I instructed the search firm to continue to search for additional candidates to fill this important campus position,” Little said.

In the last month, three candidates — Cam Cruickshank, Paul McGuiness and Nicole Rovig — participated in open forum interviews on campus with faculty, staff and students. Each forum was an hour long and allowed attendees to voice any questions, comments or concerns they had to the candidates.

Cam Cruickshank, whose most recent position was Vice President for Enrollment Management and Online Education at the University of Toledo, was the second candidate to participate in the forum. He stepped down from his position at Toledo in September, according to the Toledo Blade and Independent Collegian, the university’s student newspaper.

Cruickshank has a background in student affairs, according to his resume, and served as head football coach at a NCAA Division-II school.

“Cam Cruickshank has a very diverse background in enrollment management and student life,” Pischea said. “He was the head football coach of Tiffin University, he has privately consulted in enrollment management and most recently he served as the VP for Enrollment Management and Online Education at The University of Toledo.

“In the student forum, he was really excited to learn about challenges facing UM-Dearborn Students.”

The third candidate was Paul McGuiness, current Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Purdue University North Central.

In his resume, McGuiness said he had a strong background in dealing with issues commuter schools tend to face. He also has a variety of experience working with student organizations.

Pischea said one of McGuinness’s strengths is that he comes from a campus similar to UM-Dearborn.

“Purdue University North Central is a Big Ten satellite campus, with a primarily commuter population. His role and school is similar enough so that he understands the challenges we may face at UM-Dearborn,” Pischea said. “He has a lot of experience with working with student organizations and I like that.”

Rovig, the University Registrar for Michigan State University, was the first candidate to participate in the open forums, but she “withdrew from the process” for “personal reasons,” according to Ken Kettenbeil, UM-Dearborn Vice Chancellor for External Relations.

Attendees of the interview sessions were sent an email survey to get their feedback on the candidates.

Editor-in-Chief Ricky Lindsay contributed to this report.