Potential EU presidents visit campus, meet community

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 10:59 PM

The search for Edinboro University’s 18th president continued this week, as five presidential candidates were set to participate in a series of oncampus interviews and forums throughout the week.

Forums began on Monday, April 25, and continue until Friday, with each candidate receiving his or her own day for interviews. Students and faculty members will have the opportunity to meet with candidates throughout the day, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Pogue Student Center. A special evening forum will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., each day, for community members in Reed Lecture Hall, with a reception following at 6:15 p.m. at the Alumni House.

Provost Dr. Timothy Downs

Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Niagara University Dr. Timothy Downs started the week of forums off on Monday. Throughout the day’s forums, Downs discussed preventing sexual violence, finances and the importance of change.

“I’ve been building this experience of skills and knowledge for the past 28 years.”

Downs continued, “I’d like this to be my last job if possible. I would like to plant a tree in the yard and watch it grow.”

Downs was initially appointed to Niagara University in June 2011. He received his Master’s in Communication Studies from West Virginia University in 1984, and earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Oklahoma in 1988.

Throughout his professional life, Downs also served as Dean of the College of Humanities, Business, and Social Sciences at Gannon University, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Emporia State University and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University.

Downs has been recognized and awarded numerous times for his professional efforts. These include: Honorary Inductee of Kappa Gamma Pi, U.S. ARMY Cadet Commander’s Award for Public Service, University Continuing Education Association Commission member, and recipient of the 1996 “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” award.

Dean Dr. Scott Miller

Edinboro University Dean of the School of Business and Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Dean of Edinboro University’s School of Business Scott Miller held his on campus interviews and forums Tuesday, April 26.

“I believe in Edinboro’s mission and the university has a vision that we should restructure every so often,” said Miller.

Miller also spoke at his forum about improving student involvement and communication skills.

“We need to be willing to remain open to suggestions. We need to do a better job of coordinating so we can increase student involvement withing the university.”

Miller came to Edinboro University in 2012, initially appointed as dean for business and chairperson of the business and economics department. Miller added interim dean for arts, humanities, and social sciences to his credentials in January 2015.

Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gannon University in 1993, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1997. Miller then obtained his Doctor of Business Administration from Anderson University in 2008.

Miller’s professional credentials consist of certified public accountant, attorney at law, chartered global management accountant, Dahlkemper of School of Business at Gannon University and associate professor at Edinboro University.

As dean, Miller has helped develop several programs for both areas. These programs include a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, BA in English with a Pre-Law Concentration, a concentration in Digital Media and a Minor in Adaptive Leadership and Military Science.

Provost Dr. Lorrie Clemo

On Wednesday, April 27, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego Dr. Lorrie Clemo participated in her round of on-campus forums.

Clemo has been a part of SUNY Oswego’s faculty since 1988, and has served as the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2012. While at SUNY Oswego, Clemo has also served as an associate professor, director of public administration and policy program and chief of staff and deputy to the president.

Clemo received her Master’s in political science, public administration and policy analysis from Binghamton University in 1987, and her Doctorate in political science and policy analysis from Binghamton University in 1988.

Clemo’s professional accomplishments consist of the following: executive board member of American Council on Education; executive board member of the On Point for College committee; member of the president’s committee and the PEW Roundtable Group; recipient of the David Knight Leadership Award and the On Point for College Dream Maker Award.

Provost Dr. Jane McBride Gates

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University Dr. Jane McBride Gates visited Edinboro University today to partake in her day-long forums.

Gates started as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Connecticut State University in July 2011. Before her time at WCSU, Gates served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arkansas State, and program director of minority student transition and the retention program.

Gates earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas, and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University. Gates also did additional studying for management and leadership in education at Harvard University Graduate School.

Throughout her professional life, Gates has been nominated for the 2015 Heart of Women Award, has launched the Horizons@WCSU program, has published several scholarly works, has overseen the Division of Enrollment Services at WCSU and also served on the WCSU Foundation Board.

Dean Dr. H. Fred Walker

Professor and Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology Dr. H. Fred Walker will wrap up the week long forums on Friday, when he visits Edinboro University for his on campus interviews.

Walker has been the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and a professor at RIT since 2008. Previously, Walker was an associate professor at University of Southern Maine, graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State University and program manager and database administrator for the United States Navy.

Walker first earned his Master of Business Administration from California State University in 1992, followed by earning his Master of Systems Engineering from Iowa State University in May 1999. Walker went on to receive his Ph.D. in Industrial Education and Technology from Iowa State University in 1995.

Walker’s professional accomplishments include the following: member of President’s Institute Governance Committee, a recipient of the “Changing Hearts and Minds Award,” a recipient of the “Outstanding Industrial Technology Professor Award” and the publishing of over 10 academic based books.

“These are all five, good, very strong candidates. They closely match up to the things we’re looking for in terms of what they’ve done and the way they came across in their interviews,” said Harold Shields, chairperson of the presidential search committee.

Shields continued, “The reason we bring them to campus is so alumni, community, students, [and] administrators get a chance to give us their input. It’s two parts. One is that we’re selling the university to them and they’re selling themselves to the university.”

After the week long on-campus interviews and forums, the presidential search committee will take students, administration and community member’s evaluations into consideration and will recommend two candidates to the council of trustees.

From the council of trustees, the two candidates’ names will be passed on to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan, and then sent to the state system’s board of governors for the final selection.

“Our plan is to have a president in place by July 1,” said Shields.

To stay up-to-date with the candidate forums, or the presidential search, visit EdinboroNow. com. The Spectator staff will keep you informed by live tweeting at the forums and posting news updates.

Macala Leigey is the News Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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