UMD announces open forums for student affairs vice president candidates

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The search committee tasked with hiring the University of Maryland’s next vice president of student affairs position announced that three finalists for the job are set to visit the campus in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes after the departure of long-time vice president of student affairs Linda Clement, who stepped down this summer. In the interim, student affairs assistant vice president John Zacker has taken over the role.

In an email to the campus community Friday, education college Dean Jennifer King Rice — who is chairing the search — called on students to meet with the candidates in open forums. Their names will remain confidential until 24 hours before their visits, which are set to be held on Sept. 10, 11 and 17.

The first candidate, who will visit Tuesday, is Mamta Motwani Accapadi. She’s currently the student affairs vice president at Rollins College in Florida, and previously worked at Oregon State University. Accapadi’s research focused on Asian American identity and social justice education, according to the search committee’s web page.

According to the email, students can submit confidential online assessments of candidates following the campus visits via a Google form.

“The responses of the student community are important in the appointment of this position,” Rice wrote in the email. “Thank you for your participation.”

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