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Originally published: 2014-02-19 16:58:48
Last modified: 2014-02-19 16:59:34

ASU trustees submit two chancellor finalists

by Anna Oakes

The decision on Appalachian State University's next leader now lies with University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross.

Appalachian State University Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Steinback confirmed that the trustees voted unanimously earlier this month to forward two candidates to Ross for his consideration.

"We are very pleased with the search committee's activity and quality of work and very hopeful that we have identified high-quality candidates for our next chancellor," said Steinback.

The Chancellor Search Committee, also chaired by Steinback, formed in August and was directed to submit at least three finalists to Ross in no order of preference.

The search committee voted unanimously Jan. 31 to select three finalists, but between that time and the meeting of the Board of Trustees a few days later, one of the candidates accepted a position at another institution, Steinback said.

"It's a very, very competitive landscape out there," he added.

Steinback said the search committee's work is over unless it receives additional direction from Ross or the UNC system Board of Governors. He said Ross has not been specific about how long he expects to contemplate his decision but that he typically takes two to three weeks for hiring decisions.

"We would certainly expect that (decision) sometime during the middle of (March)," said Steinback.

The UNC Board of Governors is scheduled to meet Friday, but UNC General Administration spokeswoman Joni Worthington said Ross is not expected to make a chancellor announcement at that time.