Kenneth Petersen, WSU provost candidate.

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Wright State University will welcome its first provost candidate to campus tomorrow.

Kenneth Petersen, dean of the college of business and economics at Boise State University since 2014, is the first candidate to visit campus. He will be at Wright State on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the university.

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Wright State president Cheryl Schrader served as dean of Boise State’s college of engineering from 2003 to 20011 and as Boise State’s associate vice president for strategic research initiatives from 2011 to 2012, according to her resume. Schrader has often compared WSU to Boise State, saying that Wright State is on the brink of entering the national stage as Boise State did years ago thanks to its football team.

Petersen previously served as a professor of supply chain management at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His resume includes professorships at Arizona State University, the University of Oregon and a fellowship at the Manchester Business School in England, according to WSU.

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Petersen also served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve from 1985 to 2002.

Wright State has invited four provost candidates to campus. They’ll be visiting the university tomorrow, on Friday, Monday and next Wednesday, according to WSU. While on campus, candidates will participate in public forums.

As Wright State did with its presidential candidates, the university will withhold the names of the potential provosts until the day before they visit campus. In December, current Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp announced he would step down in June.

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