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Waycross College Presidential Search Committees Named

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Atlanta — February 23, 2006

University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced today the appointment of two committees charged with assisting in the selection of a new president for Waycross College.

A national search is being conducted to replace Dr. Barbara P. Losty, who has announced she will retire on July 31, after having served as president of Waycross College since July 1996.

Chancellor Davis announced the membership of the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee and the Special Regents’ Committee that will guide the first two stages of the search. Davis will charge the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee when he visits the Waycross College campus on Monday, Feb. 27.

“We have assembled an excellent group of individuals to launch the search process and recommend the top candidates for this presidency,” Davis said. “We are looking forward to a highly competitive and very productive search.”

The search process will commence with the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee screening applicants and conducting on-campus interviews. This campus-based committee will forward the credentials of five unranked candidates to the Special Regents’ Committee, chaired by Regent W. Mansfield Jennings Jr. of Hawkinsville. Regent Julie Ewing Hunt of Tifton and Regent Ben J. Tarbutton of Sandersville also will serve as members on the Special Regents’ Committee, which is responsible for recommending finalists to the full Board of Regents.

Members appointed to serve on the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee are as follows:

  • Mr. William Deason, vice president for business affairs at Waycross College, who will serve as chair of the committee;
  • Ms. Sara Selby, associate professor of English and chair of the Division of Humanities, Education & Learning Support, who will serve as a faculty representative;
  • Ms. Lisa Howell, assistant professor of mathematics, who will serve as a faculty representative;
  • Dr. Anthony Hendrix, professor of psychology and sociology and chair of the Division of Social and Natural Sciences, who will serve as a faculty representative;
  • Mr. Corry Johnson, director of computer services, who will serve as the staff representative;
  • Ms. Darlene Sykes, who will serve as the student body representative;
  • Mr. James Willis, president of the Waycross College Foundation and area distribution manager for Georgia Power, who will represent the foundation; and
  • Dr. Reba Smith, a local high-school principal, who will serve as the alumni representative.

The Board of Regents expects to name the new president of Waycross College by early summer.

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