The interviews are over, the campus visits have come and gone and now community input is being reviewed, but it could be about a week or so before the next president of East Tennessee State University is named.
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan began this past week reviewing information about the three finalists who are competing for the school’s ninth presidency.
Those finalists are Robert Frank, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Kent State University in Ohio, Brian Noland, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and Sandra Patterson-Randles, chancellor of Indiana University Southeast.
Current ETSU President Paul E. Stanton Jr. will retire in January. He has been president since 1997.
The three finalists were among 49 applicants for the job. These candidates faced questioning by the presidential advisory search committee, comprised of community, campus, business and TBR members in October. In late October, Frank, Noland and Patterson-Randles, were invited back individually for day visits to the campus with forums and receptions that lasted the entire day.
Now it is up to Morgan to recommend one candidate to the board for approval or rejection.
“Chancellor Morgan is in the process of speaking with the committee members individually to get their feedback and thoughts about the campus interviews,” TBR spokeswoman Monica Greppin-Watts wrote Thursday in an email explaining the selection process. “The expectation is that he will be in a position by late next week to have a recommendation for the Board of Regents’ consideration. In all likelihood, there will be a special called meeting of the Board to vote on his recommendation.”
Morgan also is working with the search firm hired to help find suitable candidates, Greenwood/Asher and Associates, to check references and find out more details about each candidate.
“He is also gathering information from the members of the search committee and evaluating comments provided from other campus constituents,” Greppin-Watts wrote. “He does not plan to visit any of the finalists’ campuses.”