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Advisory Committee Named for USG Chancellor’s Search

Atlanta — September 2, 2005

Board of Regents Chair J. Timothy Shelnut today announced the appointment of the Advisory Committee for the University System of Georgia’s Chancellor Search. The 15-member group, to be chaired by Regent Elridge W. McMillan, is comprised of representatives of the Board of Regents; University System presidents, administrators, faculty, staff and students; and representatives from the private sector.

Shelnut will convene the committee for its inaugural meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, in the executive conference room (room 519) on the fifth floor of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) offices, 250 14th Street, Atlanta. He will formally charge the committee members and outline the search process timeline.

The committee will advise the Board of Regents and the team from Baker-Parker Global Executive Search, the Atlanta-based firm retained by the regents to assist in the national search. The group will be responsible for helping to shape the job description for the next chancellor, interviewing candidates, and narrowing the list to approximately five candidates who will interview with the full Board of Regents.

“This committee is integral to our overall search process,” said Shelnut. “We have assembled a diverse group of individuals, and I am pleased with their positive response to our invitation to serve higher education in this manner.”

In addition to McMillan as the committee chair, and Shelnut, who will serve as a ex officio member, the advisory committee includes:

  • Emmet J. Bondurant, partner, Bondurant, Mixson, and Elmore LLP;
  • Susan W. Cable, former state senator;
  • G. Wayne Clough, president, Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Thomas G. Cousins, chairman of the board, Cousins Properties, Inc.;
  • C. Thompson Harley, managing partner, Fletcher, Harley & Fletcher, LLP;
  • Dr. John F. Hicks, assistant provost for international affairs, Georgia State University;
  • Dorothy Leland, president, Georgia College & State University;
  • Teresa Orok, associate vice president, Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Outreach, Albany State University;
  • Patrick S. Pittard, vice chair, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia;
  • Philip Pope, president, Student Government Association, Armstrong Atlantic State University;
  • Patricia Rugaber, associate professor of biology, Coastal Georgia Community College;
  • Betty L. Siegel, president, Kennesaw State University;
  • Donald Wagner, professor of political science, University of West Georgia, and former executive secretary, Georgia Conference, American Association of University Professors;
  • Larry Walker, attorney, former state representative; and
  • Gail S. Weber, secretary, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The proposed timeline for the search and selection of a new chancellor calls for a decision and announcement by the Board of Regents by the end of the calendar year. A new USG chancellor is expected to assume the post in early 2006.

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