Finalists for WSU position to visit campus next week

02/15/2013 11:29 AM

02/15/2013 11:31 AM

Three finalists for vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State University will make campus visits next week, the university said in a news release Friday.

Candidate open forums for the WSU community will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in 209 Hubbard Hall.

The campus visit schedules are available at A cover letter and vita for each candidate are available at

The job being filled was occupied by Gary Miller, the former provost who left to become chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

President John Bardo has decided not to have a provost at WSU.

The candidates, in order of their campus visits, are:

Dennis Depew, Tuesday

Depew has been dean emeritus at the College of Technology at Purdue University since July 2011, and is interim director of Global Policy Research Institute. He served as dean and professor of technology at Purdue from 2002-2011.

Depew received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in technology education at East Tennessee State University in 1975 and 1984, respectively. He also earned a doctoral degree in industrial technology at Purdue University in 1987.

John Koropchak, Wednesday

Koropchak has been vice chancellor for research, graduate dean and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Southern Illinois University from 2002 to the present.

Koropchak earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1976 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Georgia in 1980.

Anthony Vizzini, Thursday

Vizzini has been dean and professor of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University from 2009 to the present. From 2003-2009, he was department head, professor and inaugural holder of the Bill and Carolyn Cobb Chair, aerospace engineering, at Mississippi State University.

Vizzini earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1981, another in mathematics in 1982, a master’s in aeronautics and astronautics in 1983, and a doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1986, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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