Short list for FVSU presidential candidates set

jmink@macon.comMay 21, 2013 

A committee has selected four candidates in its search for the next president of Fort Valley State University, and the public is invited to hear them state their case for leading the university.

Larry Rivers plans to step down as the university’s president June 30. A search and screen committee chose the finalists, who will now be reviewed by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Larry Ellis, chairman of the Special Regents’ Search Committee. Huckaby and Ellis will then make a recommendation to the Board of Regents, which will choose the university’s ninth president, according to a news release.

The process of selecting the finalists has been arduous, committee chairwoman Meigan Fields said in the statement.

“The efforts and the level of time and seriousness of commitment provided by this group speak volumes to their professionalism and dedication to FVSU,” she said.

The finalists are:

• Phyllis Worthy Daw-kins, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of education and psychology at Dillard University in New Orleans.

• Sandra Westbrooks, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Chicago State University.

• Daniel K. Wims, provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of agricultural sciences at Alabama A&M University.

• Ivelaw Griffith, provost, senior vice president and professor of political science at York College of The City University of New York.

The finalists will speak in the C.W. Pettigrew Center at 3:30 p.m. beginning next week. Dawkins will speak May 28; Westbrooks will speak May 29; Wims will speak May 30, and Griffith will speak June 3.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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