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Official at ETSU puts name in for top job

September 16th, 2011 9:25 pm by Rex Barber

The first internal candidate to apply to become the next president of East Tennessee State University has submitted his resume.
Richard A. Manahan, vice president for university advancement and president and CEO of the ETSU Foundation, added his name this week to the list of candidates who have applied to be ETSU’s ninth leader. As of Friday evening there were 19 people who have declared candidacy, according to the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Current ETSU President Paul E. Stanton Jr. announced earlier this year he intends to retire from the post on Jan. 14.
The Northeast Tennessee delegation of lawmakers to the General Assembly asked Manahan to consider applying for the presidency this past May.
In a letter sent to Manahan, the delegation said he possessed all the necessary qualities to be the school’s next president.
“Having studied these qualifications and having, together, discussed our expectations and vision for the future of East Tennessee State University, we could think of no one whose background, knowledge, experience and character could better match the above criteria, our expectations and our vision for the future,” the letter read.
Manahan said Friday he was contacted by the search firm hired to help find candidates to succeed Stanton and told he had been nominated for the position. He read from a letter he submitted to the search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates.
“I discussed my nomination with my family and key leadership throughout the region and within the university,” Manahan said. “Based on their encouragement and commitment to the university and discussion with the search firm, I have submitted the requested materials to the search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates.”
Manahan began at ETSU in 1981 but has been in higher education for 40 years. Among Manahan’s accomplishments are a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctoral degree awarded from Illinois State University. Manahan has been inducted into his alma mater’s halls of fame in its colleges of business and education and received that school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1963.
Manahan has been elected three times to the Johnson City Board of Education, most recently in 2009.
In a meeting Oct. 17, a local committee tasked with narrowing the field of candidates will meet to see resumes on everyone who has applied to be the next ETSU president.
Meetings are also scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, where a pool of anywhere from eight to 18 candidates will be interviewed for president.
Finalist interviews will be conducted Oct. 24–28. A recommendation for the next president could then be made to the TBR.
Anyone can submit a name for a potential candidate to the search firm.

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