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5 Chancellor Semi-finalists Selected

Released: 02/21/2008

The Chancellor's Search Committee for LSU at Alexandria identified five semi-finalists and eliminated five other candidates in a meeting Wednesday. The committee intends to interview the remaining candidates again on campus within the next two weeks.

Semi-finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Thomas Armstrong, interim chancellor and vice president for academic affairs at LSUA; Dr. Betsy Boze, chief executive officer at Kent State University-Stark; Dr. Charles Harrington, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke; Dr. Thomas Krepel, assistant to the president at Northern Illinois University; and Dr. Dave Manuel, vice president for academic affairs at St. Mary's University.

Dr. Mary Treuting, committee chairwoman and professor of psychology at LSUA, said all segments of the LSUA community would have the oppourtunity to ask questions when the remaining candidates come to campus. "Opinion will be sought from all groups," she said, "and the committee encourages participation in this process."

Treuting said the first candidate could come early next week. She has projected another committee meeting on March 14 to "send a list of three or four finalists to the LSU System office if the interviews proceed in the timely manner we envision." Dr. John Lombardi, LSU System president, will appoint LSUA's 12th chancellor.

The committee interviewed 10 quarter-final candidates Feb. 15-16 in Baton Rouge. The original applicant pool numbered 68.

The university's next chancellor will succeed Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, who retired in August after a long career. Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, a former LSUA chancellor, served as intermim chancellor before resigning Wednesday due to health considerations.