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Georgia Southern University Presidential Search Committee Named

Following the July resignation of former Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, the chairman of the Georgia University System, Neil Pruitt, announced that two committees have been formed as part of the search and selection process for Georgia Southern University’s next president.

“I want to thank our Georgia Southern University stakeholders for their commitment to the institution, the University System and the State of Georgia by serving on the presidential search committee,” said Pruitt. “Led by Regent Lori Durden, who lives in Statesboro, there is comprehensive representation of faculty, staff, alumni, students, the foundation, the Statesboro community and the Board of Regents, and their roles in this search are critical to the future of Georgia Southern University.”

The committees include:

  1. The Special Regents’ Search Committee
    • Chair – Regent Lori Durden
    • Ben Tarbutton III
    • Kessel Stelling
    • Scott Smith
    • Don Waters
    • Larry Walker
    • Neil Pruitt
  2. Presidential Search and Screen Committee (also appointed)
    • Darron Burnette, president, Sea Island Bank
    • Dr. Mark Edwards, Fuller E. Callaway professor, Department of Physics, Georgia Southern University
    • Charles Glover, president, Student Government Association, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Barbara Christmas Golden, chair, Georgia Southern University Foundation
    • Dr. Patricia Humphrey, chair, Senate Executive Committee and Faculty Senate moderator, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Lissa M. Leege, professor, Department of Biology and director, Center for Sustainability, Georgia Southern University
    • Michele Martin, M.S., ACSM H/FS, chair, Staff Council and program director, University Wellness, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Beverly Graham, associate professor, Department of Communication Arts, Georgia Southern University
    • Patrice Jackson, dean of students, Georgia Southern University
    •  Teresa MacCartney, CFO and director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
    •  Honorable Jan Moore, mayor, City of Statesboro
    • Dr. Stephen P. Vives, department chair and professor of biology, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Danny Bauer, department chair and professor of writing and linguistics, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Kelley G. Chester, MPH, principal, C3 Informatics, LLC
    • Dr. S. Todd Deal, executive director, Leadership and Community Engagement, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Melissa Garno, associate professor, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University
    • Dr. Anthony Barilla, associate professor, Department of Finance and Economics, Georgia Southern University

The committees will meeting September 30th at Georgia Southern University. They will be responsible for describing the job position and interviewing candidates. Following, three to five candidates will be sent to the Regents’ Search Committee which will select finalists to Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Then Huckaby makes the final recommendation to the Board of Regents.

Former Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel was appointed president of Georgia Regents University.

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