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 SRU Trustees Recommend Three Presidential Candidates for Chancellor's Consideration 

 

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5/10/04

Contact:  Ross C. Feltz – 724-738-2919; e-mail: ross.feltz@sru.edu Cell: 412-400-6913

SRU TRUSTEES RECOMMEND THREE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR CHANCELLOR’S CONSIDERATION

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. --- Slippery Rock University’s Council of Trustees voted today to recommend three candidates for consideration by Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Judy G. Hample and the system’s Board of Governors in the search for a new SRU president.

The candidates chosen in a conference call vote today by SRU’s trustees are:

Dr. Don Betz, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of  Central Oklahoma since 2002. Previously, he served as executive vice president and vice president of academic affairs at Central Oklahoma; provost and vice president of academic affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic; vice president of university relations,  professor of political science and in other administrative positions at Northeastern State University. He was political affairs and liaison officer, Division for Palestinian Rights, United Nations, has been a visiting professor of international studies at several universities and was assistant foreign editor of the Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon.

He holds a doctorate and a master of arts in international studies from the University of Denver, and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of San Francisco. He also has studied at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Sarah Lawrence College, University of California-Berkeley, New York University’s Arabic Institute, and in Rome, Italy, with Loyola University.

Dr. Norman Bregman, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology, Longwood University, since 1997. Previously, he served as professor and vice president for academic affairs, University of Evansville; associate provost, Butler University; professor and dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, Henderson State University; professor and department head at Southeastern Louisiana University and assistant vice president at George Mason University.

He holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Southern California, a master of arts in experimental psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Kean University.

Dr. Robert Smith, interim president of Slippery Rock University since 2002. Previously, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Slippery Rock University, since 1999; dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin, director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities, executive director of the WestStar Leadership Development Program, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and  Sciences at Wichita State University, acting dean of the University College and Continuing Education at Wichita State, special assistant in the Office of the Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chair of the Department of Speech Communication at Wichita State, and debate coach at Princeton University.

He holds a doctorate in communication theory from Temple University, a master of arts in interpersonal communication from Ohio University and a bachelor of arts in speech communication from Wichita State University. He also has provided communication and management consultation for a variety of national and international businesses.

University trustees made their recommendation following the work of a presidential search committee that has been engaged in a national search since September. Following three days of on-campus interviews of each of six candidates, the search committee recommended to the council that these three candidates be sent forward for consideration by the chancellor and board of governors.

“The search committee did a very thorough job in identifying three excellent candidates to recommend to the chancellor,” said Ken Blair, the trustee who chaired the 12-member committee representing each of the constituencies on campus. “The committee was solidly behind this recommendation to the council of trustees.”

The three candidates will be scheduled as soon as possible for interviews in the system offices in Harrisburg.

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