The provost position at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf will remain vacant, at least for the near future.
Mary Karol Matchett, who was selected by Howard College trustees to replace SWCID Provost Dr. Mark Myers in August, has informed college officials that, because of requirements that must be met for lifetime benefits in her current position at the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Institute for the Deaf, she will not be able to relocate to Texas until May 2014 at the earliest.
With that news — and faced with decreases in state funding for SWCID — college officials have decided that the provost position will remain vacant for the time being.
Danny Campbell and Nancy Bonura, who have served as co-executive deans for SWCID since Myers' departure earlier this year, will continue in that capacity, and HC Director of Information Cindy Smith said the college will effectively play things by ear for the time being.
“With this information and in light of current revenue budget estimates being down for SWCID as well as the uncertainty of the upcoming spring legislative session relative to funding for the next two years, the provost position will not be posted at this time,” Smith said. “When more certainty concerning the budget and upcoming session can be determined, the leadership position for SWCID will be considered and posted.”
Matchett was to become SWCID's fourth provost in its 31-year history, succeeding Myers, who held the top spot at the institute for four years.