The list of candidates for the presidency of Salisbury State University has been narrowed to five, search committee president Thomas W. Jones announced yesterday.
The finalists will be visiting the school's campus on the Eastern Shore over the next month for interviews with campus and community groups. Jones said his 18-member committee will submit three names to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, which will make the final choice in April.
The finalists are Wilson B. Bradshaw, provost of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; Barbara S. Haskew, provost of Middle Tennessee State University; Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Michael Rao, chancellor of Montana State University-Northern; and Richard E. Wells, provost of Indiana State University.
Jones, dean of Salisbury's Henson School of Science and Technology, said the five were picked from 86 applications. The committee interviewed the top 11 candidates last weekend at a hotel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and narrowed the list to these finalists.
"In recent years, it is not normal for the process to be this open," Jones said of announcing the finalists and bringing them to campus. "But we at Salisbury State definitely wanted to go against that tide because it is very important for the campus and alumni and surrounding community to see who is going to be the next president of the university."
The new president, expected to start on July 1, will replace William C. Merwin, who resigned last summer to become president of Florida Gulf Coast University. Joel Jones, retired president of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., agreed to serve as interim president for one year, but wanted to return to Colorado and not be considered for the permanent position.