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Recommendations Received for Georgia State Presidency

Atlanta — June 4, 2008

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Dr. Harris Pastides
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Dr. Deborah Anne Freund
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Dr. Guy Bailey

Regent William Cleveland, chair of the Presidential Search Committee for Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, and University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., have announced the names of the three finalists for the GSU presidency.

A national search was launched to replace Georgia State President Carl V. Patton, who retires on June 30, 2008, after 16 years of service to the institution.

The recommended individuals, in alphabetical order:

Dr. Guy Bailey, chancellor, University of Missouri at Kansas City, since 2006. In his current position, Bailey has developed a plan to make the university a model urban research university. Prior to his current appointment, from 1997 to 2005, Bailey held a number of key administrative posts at the University of Texas at San Antonio, including that of dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research (1997-1998), interim provost and vice president for academic affairs (1998-1999), provost and vice president for academic affairs (1999-2002) and provost and executive vice president (2002-2005). Bailey was dean of liberal arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 1995-1997. His teaching field is linguistics, and Bailey has taught at the University of Memphis, Tenn.; the University of Regensburg, Germany; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Texas A&M University, College Station; and Emory University, Atlanta. He currently serves the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kansas City Civic Council.

Bailey earned his Ph.D. in English linguistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979, and both a bachelor’s (1968) and master’s (1974) of arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Deborah Anne Freund, distinguished professor of public administration (2004 to present) and former vice chancellor for academic affairs at Syracuse University, N.Y. (1999-2006). Freund also currently serves as adjunct professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, State University of New York, Syracuse (2002-present). Other of Freund’s key administrative posts include: special advisor to the president on strategic planning at the University of Rochester, N.Y. (2006-2007); vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the faculties at Indiana University-Bloomington (1994-1999); and special advisor on academic affairs to the president and vice president for academic affairs of the Indiana University system, (1994-1999). She has held other key administrative posts at Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she first earned tenure. During her career, Freund has held academic positions in public health and economics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, public affairs and medicine at Indiana University-Bloomington, and business administration and medicine at the University of Rochester.

Freund holds a Ph.D. in economics (1980), a M.A. in applied economics (1975), and a M.P.H. in medical care administration (1975), all earned from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She earned her undergraduate degree in classics from Washington University, St. Louis in 1973.

Dr. Harris Pastides, vice president for research and health sciences, the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., from 2003 to present. Pastides has a long career in health research, with posts at both the University of South Carolina and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. In addition to his current position, Pastides has served in the following positions at the University of South Carolina: interim vice president for research (2002-2003) and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology (1998-2003). At the University of Massachusetts, Pastides served as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (1993-1998) and in faculty positions in epidemiology from 1980 to 1992. He is a 2003 recipient of the Yale University Public Health Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and in 1979 received a National Cancer Institute Development Award for “The Histopathobiology of Cancer,” among many other awards and honors for his work and research in public health.

Pastides earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University Graduate School, New Haven, Conn. in 1980, as well as two masters’ degrees from Yale in 1977 and 1978. His undergraduate degree in biology was earned from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1974. Pastides also was awarded a certificate of study from the American Institute for Foreign Study in economics in 1972.

The Board of Regents expects to name the next president of Georgia State University at a future meeting.

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