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Vote on next ETSU president set Monday

November 16th, 2011 11:13 pm by Rex Barber

Vote on next ETSU president set Monday

A vote is scheduled Monday to select the next president of East Tennessee State University.
Tennessee Board of Regents spokeswoman Monica Greppin-Watts said a special meeting has been called Monday for the full board to vote on one of the three finalists for the presidency.
The meeting will be conducted by telephone beginning at 2:30 p.m. locally.
TBR Chancellor John Morgan is still in the process of reviewing information on the candidates and contacting search advisory committee members for their input and is expected to have a candidate in mind, possibly by Friday, to recommend to the board for consideration Monday, Greppin-Watts said.
The board will either accept or reject Morgan’s recommendation.
Forty-nine people originally applied for the ETSU presidency, which is being vacated by Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr., who became president in 1997. Stanton will retire in January.
The finalists chosen from among the original 49 applicants 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.
These candidates were among eight who were invited for face-to-face interviews by the presidential search advisory committee, comprised of community, campus, business and TBR members in October. In late October, Frank, Noland and Patterson-Randles, were invited back individually for visits to the campus with forums and receptions that lasted the entire day.
During these forums, and the preceding interviews, the candidates fielded questions about their leadership styles, their views on football returning to ETSU, attitudes toward diversity on campus, low pay at the school and their thoughts on rising tuition, among other things.
The TBR governs ETSU and five other universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers. More than 200,000 students attend TBR institutions.
The TBR meeting is open to the public and the media as listeners. Those wishing dial-in information for the call should email Greppin-Watts at or call 615-366-4417 before 9 a.m. CST Monday.

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