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Final presidential candidate visiting GSU
Public forum is today at PAC
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Raymond W. Alden III
    A vice president and provost from Northern Illinois University will be the last of six finalists applying to become the 12th president of Georgia Southern University to visit the university campus when he comes to Statesboro this week.
    Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D., currently serves as the executive vice president and provost at Northern Illinois University (NIU).
    Georgia Southern started looking for its 12th president after Bruce Grube announced he would retire at the end of this year. Alden's visit will include meetings and interviews with university officials and open forums for the campus and community.
    The community will get a chance to meet and hear from Alden during an open forum on today from 4-5:30 p.m. in Georgia Southern's Performing Arts Center. Members of the community are invited to attend.
    Alden has served in administrative leadership positions at three rapidly developing public universities: Northern Illinois University (NIU), University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and Old Dominion University (ODU).
    While NIU has a long history of excellence in higher education (since 1895), it has rapidly developed from a comprehensive Masters’ I institution to a Doctoral/Research-Extensive University (now classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-High University and a Community Engagement University), with four satellite centers and a field station. NIU has approximately 25,000 students, with approximately 6,000 at the graduate level, and more than 4,000 faculty and staff.
    In his current role, Alden has administrative oversight for seven academic colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors Program, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the Division of International Programs, the University Libraries, the University Press and a number of programs dedicated to faculty/staff professional development and student success.  
    Dr. Alden served for more than six years as EVP/P at UNLV. At the time, UNLV was one of the fastest growing and most rapidly developing institutions in the country. He had oversight over 11 colleges, three professional schools, two academic divisions, as well as offices responsible for research, information technology, libraries, faculty support and student success.
    The finalists' visit to campus is the last step in the initial phase of the Presidential Search process.  The University System of Georgia Board of Regents formed a Presidential Search and Screen Committee made up of Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and student leaders and members of the local community.  
    A nationwide search of candidates was conducted and the Search Committee reviewed the qualifications of the applicants. After on-campus interviews are completed, the campus committee will forward the credentials of three to five unranked candidates to a Special Regents' Search Committee for the second phase of the search.
    Regents Felton Jenkins, William H. NeSmith Jr., Benjamin J. Tarbutton III and Richard L. Tucker serve as members of the Special Regents' Search Committee chaired by Regent Donald M. Leebern, Jr.  This committee is responsible for recommending finalists to Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., who will make a recommendation to the full Board of Regents.
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