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Finalists For Middle Georgia College Presidency Announced

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Atlanta — December 30, 1998

Three finalists for the presidency of Middle Georgia College are under consideration by University System Chancellor Stephen Portch and the Board of Regents’ Special Committee, chaired by Regent S. William Clark, Jr., with Regents Juanita P. Baranco, John Hunt, Warren Y. Jobe and Charles H. Jones also serving.

Portch commended the work of the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. Judy Lucas, professor of sociology and family and consumer sciences: “The committee sent us a slate of strong candidates from around the nation.” The committee consisted of seven representatives from the campus community who had a charge of providing not less than five unranked finalist to a Special Regents’ Committee. The Regents’ committee has narrowed that list to three finalists, from which the president will be selected.

Finalists, in alphabetical order, include:

  • Dr. Steve Maradian, executive director at Regional Maritime Technology Center, University of New Orleans. Maradian joined the University of New Orleans as executive director of the Regional Maritime Technology Center and the Simulation Based Design Center, and as graduate faculty, in 1996. Prior to that, he held the positions of president of Lamar University at Orange, Orange, Texas, chief executive officer of The Lamar Information Technologies Research Consortium, and special assistant to the chancellor, between the years of 1990 and 1996. From 1986-1990, Maradian was the president of Belmont Technical College, in St. Clairsville, Ohio. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1982 and his M.B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit College, Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1988. Maradian received both his M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling in 1975 and his B.S. in history in 1974, from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Dr. Lindsay D. Norman, chancellor and professor, Montana Tech, in Butte, Montana. Norman had a 12-year tenure as chancellor and a professor at Montanta Tech, a comprehensive graduate four year college. From 1985 to the present, Norman also has worked as president of Norman Associates, a consulting firm providing management, planning and financial services to the resource, manufacturing and technology sectors. Prior to moving to Montana, Norman was vice president and technical director of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, New York from 1984-1996. He served as vice president of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1981-1984, and as director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Washington, DC from 1979-1981. Norman received all of his degrees from the University of Maryland, earning a Ph.D. in materials science/physics in 1970, an M.S. in metallurgy/nuclear engineering in 1974, and a B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 1970.

  • Dr. Gregory S. Powell, vice president for academic affairs at Middle Georgia College, in Cochran, Georgia. Since 1996, Powell has served as vice president for academic affairs at MGC. Prior to this position, Powell was administrative dean at Kilgore College in Longview, Texas from 1994-1996. His tenure at Kilgore included serving as chair of the history and government department from 1990-1994 and as an instructor from 1984-1990. From 1983-1984, Powell served as an assistant instructor at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He received his Ed.D. in supervision, curriculum and instruction in higher education from Texas A & M University, Commerce and his M.A. in political science from Southwest Texas State University. Powell received his B.A. in political science from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Board of Regents will appoint the president from this group of finalists at its next meeting, to be held in Atlanta on January 12-13, 1999.

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