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USG Chancellor Search Committee Named

Atlanta — November 4, 2010

Willis Potts, chair of the Board of Regents, announced today the appointment of the Chancellor Search Committee, which will be seeking the 12th chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG), to succeed Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. upon his planned June 30, 2011, retirement.

The Chancellor Search Committee will develop a position description through discussions with important higher education constituencies across Georgia and will work with the executive search firm of R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas, Texas, to conduct a national search.

Joining Potts as members of the Chancellor Search Committee are:

  • Regent Kessel Stelling Jr., who will serve as the search committee chair;

  • Regent Kenneth R. Bernard Jr.;

  • Regent Robert F. Hatcher;

  • Regent Wanda Yancey Rodwell;

  • Regent Benjamin J. Tarbutton III;

  • Regent Richard L. Tucker;

  • Regent Emeritus Elridge W. McMillan;

  • Dr. Michael F. Adams, president, the University of Georgia;

  • Glenda Battle, chair, Board of Directors of the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition;

  • Dr. Linda Bleicken, president, Armstrong Atlantic State University;

  • Mike Cassidy, president and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance;

  • Dr. Kelly Henson, executive secretary, Georgia Professional Standards Commission;

  • Dr. Susan Herbst, USG executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer (ex officio member);

  • Dr. Hugh Hudson, professor of history at Georgia State University and executive secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP);

  • John Lester, assistant vice president for University Relations at Columbus State University;

  • Dr. Gary McGaha, president, Atlanta Metropolitan College;

  • Dr. Lin Mei, director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia;

  • Alton Standifer, member, Georgia Southern University Student Advisory Council;

  • Dr. Craig Turner, professor of mathematics at Georgia College & State University and member of the USG Faculty Council and;

  • Philip Wilheit, Sr., president of Wilheit Packaging, LLC.

Executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas, Texas will aid the committee’s work.

The Chancellor Search Committee will forward the credentials of up to five unranked candidates to the full Board of Regents, which decide whom to interview, and ultimately select the next chancellor.

Details regarding the committee’s first meeting will be finalized and announced at a future date.

The regents have established a special website for the search:

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