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Finalists Named For North Georgia College & State University

Atlanta — April 7, 1999

Three finalists for the presidency of North Georgia College & State University are under consideration by University System Chancellor Stephen Portch and the Board of Regents Special Committee, chaired by Regent Edgar L. Rhodes, with Regents Glenn S. White, Kenneth W. Cannestra and Edgar L. Jenkins also serving.

Portch commended the work of the seven-member campus/community Presidential Search and Advisory Committee, chaired by Dr. Mark S. Davis, associate professor of biology. That committee was charged with providing not less than five unranked finalists to the chancellor. The regents committee has narrowed that list to three finalists, from which the president will be selected.

“As anticipated, North Georgia’s presidential vacancy attracted outstanding candidates,” Portch stated.

Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Nathaniel Hansford, William Alfred Rose Professor of Law and former dean of the School of Law at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Hansford joined the law school faculty at the University of Alabama in 1975. Since that time, he has held administrative appointments as law school dean (1987-93), vice dean (1982-86) and acting director of Continuing Legal Education, while continuing to teach. He has held his endowed professorship since 1987. Hansford earned a B.S. in education (cum laude) in 1965 and a law degree in 1968, both from the University of Georgia; his LL.M degree was earned from the University of Michigan in 1980.

  • Daniel S. Papp, professor of international affairs in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. Papp has held his current post at Georgia Tech since July 1, 1998, when he returned from serving a one-year appointment (1997-98) as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University, in Marietta, Ga. He joined Georgia Tech in 1973, and has progressed through a number of faculty and administrative positions, including serving as executive assistant to the president and founding director of the School of International Affairs. A 1969 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Papp earned his Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of Miami in 1983.

  • Ann Stuart, president of Rensselaer Hartford Graduate Center (called Rensselaer at Hartford), in Hartford, Conn. Stuart has served in her current position since January of 1994. Previously, she was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alma College, in Alma, Mich., from 1990-93. During 1989-90, she served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at East Stroudsburg University, in East Stroudsburg, Pa. From 1962-89, Stuart served in a variety of faculty and administrative posts at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. Stuart earned her B.A. in education from the University of Florida, her M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky, and her Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University.

The Board of Regents will appoint the president at its next meeting, to be held on April 20-21, in Savannah.

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