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Chancellor Candidate On-Campus Interviews

Released: 02/25/2008

The five semi-finalists for chancellor at LSU at Alexandria will be on campus for interviews beginning March 3 and concluding March 11, announced Dr. Mary Treuting, chairwoman of the Chancellor's Search Committee.

Dr. Charles Harrington, vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of North Carolina-Pembroke, will be the first candidate to undergo a day-long series of interviews and meetings with LSUA administrators, faculty, staff, students and the LSUA Foundation. The public is invited to a community forum at 4:30 p.m.

Other candidates and the dates they will be interviewed are Dr. Thomas Krepel, assistant to the president at Northern Illinois University, March 5; Dr. Betsy Boze, chief executive officer at Kent State University-Stark, March 6; Dr. Thomas Armstrong, interim chancellor and vice president for academic affairs at LSUA, March 10; and Dr. David Manuel, vice president for academic affairs at St. Mary's University, March 11.

The schedule for each candidate includes breakfast with department chairpersons, meetings with personnel who report directly to the chancellor and budget directors, lunch with faculty, staff and student government leaders, a forum for all members of the LSUA community, the community forum, and dinner with the board of directors of the LSUA Foundation.

"It's a rigorous schedule for the candidates, but it's vital that each constituency at the university has a chance to exchange ideas with the next chancellor at LSUA," said Treuting. "The candidates and the LSUA community will benefit from the experience."

The 21-member Chancellor's Search Committee will meet a few days after the final interview to recommend three finalists. Dr. John Lombardi, president of the LSU System, will appoint LSUA's ninth full-time chancellor from that group this spring.

There were 68 original applicants for the position. The field was winnowed to the semi-finalists after 10 candidates were interviewed in Baton Rouge in mid February.

Dr. H. Rouse Caffey and Armstrong have served as interim chancellors since Dr. Robert Cavanaugh retired in August after a long career.