Provost finalists to visit campus, Kim announces first candidate


Patrick Casey

Provost finalists to visit campus, Kim announces first candidate

By Molly Walsh

Lourdes María Alvarez will visit campus this week as one of two finalists for the position of senior vice president and provost. 

During her two-day visit at Columbia, Alvarez will take part in a public forum Feb. 7 at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., to discuss Columbia’s role in higher education. There will be a question and answer session afterwards with the campus community, according to a Feb. 4 email statement from President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim.

Previously, Alvarez was dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, where she is a professor of Modern Languages. Before that, she spent 10 years at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages.

Kim added in his email that the second finalist for the position will be visiting campus Feb. 14 after the visit scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31 was cancelled due to the weather. That candidate has not yet been identified.

Story developments to come.