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SSU Presidential Search Committee Announces Candidates to Visit Campus

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January 20

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The SSU Presidential Search Committee has announced the names of three presidential candidates.

The Shawnee State University Presidential Search Committee has announced the names of three presidential candidates who have been invited to campus for interviews beginning Jan. 25. During the three-day on-campus visits, candidates will meet with the Presidential Search Committee, Presidential Search Advisory Committee, various university constituencies, and members of the community.

The three candidates include:

Dr. Sam Minner, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Radford University in Virginia. Minner earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Behavior Disabilities at the University of Arizona. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education at Southern Illinois University. Minner will visit the campus of Shawnee State University Jan. 25-27.

Dr. Ronald H. Nowaczyk, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Nowaczyk earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Psychology at Miami University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Northwestern University. He will visit the campus of Shawnee State University Feb. 1-3.

Dr. Rick S. Kurtz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Kurtz earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Colorado State University; a Master of Arts in Public Administration at University of Virginia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alaska. He will visit campus the campus of Shawnee State University Feb. 8-10.

“We are extremely pleased with the search results and the credentials of the candidates selected to visit campus,” Jack McCoy, chair of the SSU Presidential Search Committee, said. “We look forward to spending time with each of these candidates and gathering feedback from the Advisory Committee, as well as faculty, staff, and community members following each visit. The selection process for a new President has a role for the entire community – those on campus as well as the community at-large. The goal of everyone involved is to ensure continued strong leadership for our university, its students, faculty, staff, community, region, and state. We are confident that we will end this process with a president who possesses the experience, talents, skills, and passion to lead Shawnee State University.”

The Shawnee State University Board of Trustees launched a national search for its sixth president following Dr. Rita Rice Morris’ announcement last May that she intends to retire June 30, 2015.

Morris has served as president of Shawnee State University since 2003. During her administration, Shawnee State experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment, academic programming, student services, and campus expansion.

Updates about Shawnee State University’s presidential search, including agendas for candidate visits, may be found online at www.shawnee.edu/presidential-search. Included on this site is a link for community members to provide feedback and comments.

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