Update on the presidential search: Applications received, interviews scheduled for April

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 6:24 PM

The presidential search at Edinboro University officially began Jan. 22, and two months into the process the presidential search committee issued an update on the progress to The Spectator.

“We are pleased with the application process thus far and the committee is excited to begin the review and interview phase,” said Timothy Wachter, head of the committee.

The committee is in search of a candidate to fill the president’s office after the departure of Dr. H. Fred Walker in early 2018. According to a prospectus released by the presidential search committee, interviews will begin in early April, and finalists will be introduced to the campus community in the second half of that month. The committee hopes to have Edinboro’s next president appointed by the end of May.

According to information received from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) records (through a Right-To-Know Law Request Form), the presidential search for Walker, which took place in 2016, cost the university $62,579 and cost $147,339 in total. The search for previous campus president Dr. Julie Wollman, which took place in 2012, cost the university $96,645, and cost $136,645 in total. The cost of the current presidential search has not been released as it is still in progress. According to interim Edinboro president Michael Hannan, PASSHE has budgeted a total of $170,000 for the searches at both Edinboro and Mansfield universities.

Last year, the state system funded four presidential searches: Slippery Rock, Millersville, Lock Haven and Clarion ($209,445 total spent on these searches). In total, the state system has spent approximately $2.4 million funding presidential searches over the course of the past eight years.

Shayma Musa | eupnews.spectator@gmail.com

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