Saturday, October 31, 2015

TOP STORY >> 3 seek ASU-Beebe chancellor job

Dr. Charles L. Welch, Arkansas State University System president, said Friday that three candidates have been invited to the ASU-Beebe campus to interview for the position of chancellor.

The three candidates are:

• Dr. Michael L. DeLong, executive vice president and provost at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, who will visit Nov. 9-10.

• Dr. Karla Fisher, vice president of academics at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., who will visit Nov. 16-17.

• Dr. Ted A. Lewis, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., who will visit Nov. 11-12.

The invitations to formally interview on campus come after recent meetings Welch conducted with the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee. The advisory committee, consisting of 14 members representing faculty, staff, students and community representatives, has reviewed 57 applications for the position.

The candidates will meet with the advisory committee, faculty, staff, students and community members.

Individuals attending the interviews will have an opportunity to submit feedback to the committee.

Following the final interview, the committee will meet to discuss the candidates and provide feedback to Welch.

Welch has indicated a desire to have a new chancellor named prior to Jan. 1. The new chancellor will succeed Dr. Eugene McKay, who announced in May that he would retire in January after almost 50 years of service to ASU-Beebe, including the past 21 years as chancellor.

DeLong, has served in his current position since 2012. He was vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Ozarka College in Melbourne (Izard County) from 2006-2012 and held various administrative and teaching roles at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City from 1994-2006.

Fisher has been at her current post since 2010. She was interim president of Butler for six months in 2013. She has been an associate of the Center for Community College Student Engagement since 2007 and was director of institutional marketing at Salt Lake Community College from 2001-2007.

Lewis has served in his current position since 2012. He was the founding dean of instruction at Lone Star College-CyFair near Houston from 2003-2012 and was department chair in political science at Collin County Community College near Dallas from 1995-2003.