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Originally published: 2013-12-26 08:19:30
Last modified: 2013-12-26 08:20:16

February targeted for chancellor finalists

by Anna Oakes

The Chancellor Search Committee at Appalachian State University hopes to submit three finalists to UNC system President Tom Ross by mid-February, chairman Michael Steinback said.

The committee -- which includes ASU trustees, faculty, staff, community members and one student -- has worked since August to help select the university's next leader. Chancellor Ken Peacock announced in the spring that he would step down when a successor is chosen.

Steinback said the committee has narrowed the candidate pool down to a group who will be interviewed in January, with an objective to further select semifinalists later in January, followed by the submission of three finalists to Ross, who will make the final decision.

But, Steinback said, "There remain many variables - most notably, the committee's review and ultimate determinations about the candidate pool. Under no circumstances will our committee sacrifice due process nor quality of candidates for expediency."

The committee hosted six forums on campus this fall to gather input about the chancellor search process and qualities desired in the university's next leader. On Dec. 20, the committee issued a survey to collect additional feedback, asking respondents to complete the survey by 8 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014.

The survey asks respondents to rate (on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree) the key strengths of ASU and the university's key challenges, as well as the previous experience and priorities that ASU's chancellor should have.

"Your responses to the survey will provide important input to the committee as it screens and evaluates candidates," Steinback said in an email with the survey link. "We recognize that end-of-semester obligations and upcoming holidays place increased demands on your time, but your input is critical to our efforts."

A link to the survey is available at