A busy itinerary has been scheduled this week for the three finalists for East Tennessee State University’s presidency.
The three candidates –– Robert Frank, Brian Noland and Sandra Patterson-Randles –– were selected to proceed in the interview process this past Thursday by a search committee comprised of campus, community, business and Tennessee Board of Regents members. There were originally 49 candidates who applied for the top job at ETSU.
The whittling down process began Monday with eight of the 49 being chosen to move forward with face-to-face interviews on Wednesday and Thursday. From those the search committee chose the final three.
Frank will visit campus first on Wednesday for meetings with all campus constituencies. Noland will visit campus Thursday for the same meetings. Patterson-Randles will visit campus Friday, also for the constituent meetings.
Each candidate will arrive in the city the day before the campus visits and receive tours of the city and campus. No formal visits with the candidates will be held on these days.
The campus visits on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will consist of open forums with every campus group, including faculty, staff, students, senior leadership, ETSU retirees and campus athletics.
The first meetings begin at 8:45 a.m. each day and will be held in the forum room on the third floor of the D.P. Culp University Center.
Each forum is open to the public. The forums will be available to watch live via streaming video on the TBR website at www.tbr.edu.
Each night a reception will be held with the candidates.
A detailed schedule will be made available soon on the TBR website.
The search committee will attend the forums. After the final reception on Friday, TBR Chancellor John Morgan will contact each committee member individually and gather information about the finalists gleaned from the campus forums.
Morgan will then consider that information and recommend one of the three finalists for the presidency to the full board. That person will either be accepted or rejected by the regents.