External Affairs Division

Dalton State College Presidential Search Committees Named

Atlanta — April 10, 2007

Robert Watts, University System of Georgia chief operating officer, announced today the appointment of the campus-based committee charged with assisting in the selection of a new president for Dalton State College.

A national search is being conducted to replace Dalton State College President James Burran, who is retiring at the end of 2007 after almost 30 years in higher education spent entirely in service to the University System of Georgia.

Watts announced the membership of the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee that will guide the first stage of the search. This committee will develop a position description and place announcements in appropriate national media. The search process also will include generating the names of qualified candidates, screening applicants and conducting on-campus interviews.

Members currently appointed to serve on the Dalton State College Presidential Search and Advisory Committee are as follows:

  • Dr. Marilyn Helms, Sesquicentennial Chair, professor of management, chair of search committee
  • Norris Little, chair, Dalton State College Foundation
  • Mike O’Neill, chair, Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Patricia White, associate professor, biology; assistant vice president, academic affairs
  • Linda LaChapelle, associate professor, office administration
  • Dr. Cordia Starling, chair, nursing
  • Michael “Nick” Carty, assistant professor, speech
  • Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president, enrollment and student services
  • Dr. Henry Codjoe, director, institutional research
  • Eunice Garcia, student

This campus-based committee will forward a list of finalists to the Special Regents’ Search Committee, chaired by Regent Donald M. Leebern Jr. Regents Wanda Yancey Rodwell and Benjamin Tarbutton III also are members of this committee, with Board Chairman Allan Vigil and Regent James R. Jolly serving as ex-officio members. The Special Regents Search Committee is responsible for interviewing the finalists and working with Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. to make a recommendation to the full Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents is expected to name a new president for Dalton State College this fall.

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