Laura Dreuth Zeman of Social Work and Women's Studies has an important op-ed in today's DE on the Provost Search. It sounds like the main function of the search committee was to forward applicants to the Chancellor, rather than to select among candidates, though apparently two of the original six applicants either dropped out or were eliminated somehow or other. The DE's Monday story on the four finalists can be found here; the Southern story (which contains info on the open forums for the candidates) can be found here.
For what it's worth, six candidates doesn't strike me as that paltry a number, given the qualifications required for this post, and the fact that this is an internal search--all we could manage following the Minish debacle. Surely that debacle rather reduced the attractions of this stressful if well remunerated position. The finalists do all have at least some administrative experience. Whether that experience has been successful, and whether they have the other qualities to serve in this rather important job is of course another question, and if Laura is right the committee was not given a terribly meaningful opportunity to weigh in on these matters, leaving the decision entirely in the Chancellor's hands.