Provost, Longtime Faculty Member Eaker to Retire at Spring Semester’s End
Date Published: Jan. 19, 2017
After consulting with members of the University of Dallas Board of Trustees and Faculty
Senate, as well as academic deans and administrators, President Thomas W. Keefe began
the search process to find the university’s next provost by announcing the appointment
of a provost search committee. The chief academic officer position will be left open
at the end of the spring semester when Provost Charles “C.W.” Eaker retires.
The search committee, which will be led by Chief Financial Officer and Associate Professor
of Management Brian Murray, consists of 16 individuals representing faculty, administration
and the Board of Trustees (for a complete listing of search committee appointments,
view the official announcement). Assisting in the national search will be AGB Consulting’s Oscar Page, a former
Austin College president with experience leading a small liberal arts college and
assisting with administrative searches for small Catholic colleges.
Recruitment and screening of candidates will occur in March and April with final interviews
anticipated in May. Announcement of a new provost is expected before the next academic
year begins in fall 2017.
“I am confident that we have charted a course to identify an exceptional provost for
the University of Dallas,” said President Keefe. “I look forward to the engagement
of the university community as we continue through the process.”
Prior to his appointment as interim provost in 2014 and then provost in 2015, Eaker
served as dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts for 10 years. He joined UD’s
chemistry faculty in 1976 and was promoted to a full professor of chemistry in 1989.
In 1995, Eaker was recognized for his teaching excellence with a King Fellow Faculty
“I’ll be retiring with great appreciation and joy for the time I’ve had to teach and
serve at the University of Dallas, and I want to thank you for making our university
such a great place to work,” said Eaker upon announcing his retirement earlier this
year. “I’m looking forward to traveling with my wife, spending more time with my five
grandchildren, fishing, reading, hiking, working on projects and doing volunteer work.”