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Fourth president candidate visiting GSU
Public forum is Thursday at PAC
Podolefsky For Web
Aaron M. Podolefsky - photo by Special
    The president of a midwest university is the fourth 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.
    Aaron M. Podolefsky, Ph.D, currently serves as president of the University of Central Missouri.
    Georgia Southern started looking for its 12th president after Bruce Grube announced he would retire at the end of this year. Podolefsky'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 Podolefsky during an open forum on Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. in Georgia Southern's Performing Arts Center. Members of the community are invited to attend.
    Podolefsky previously served for seven years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Prior to becoming provost, he served eight years as dean of UNI's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  
    From 1986-90, he was professor of anthropology and head of Western Kentucky University's Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. He also served as associate chair and associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, and was a research associate for the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University.
    Podolefsky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from San Jose State University and received two Master of Arts degrees (liberal studies and anthropology) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He holds a Ph.D. with Distinction in anthropology from SUNY Stony Brook. Podolefsky has authored numerous scholarly books, textbooks and articles.
    He is a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, elected by the organization's executive committee in recognition of his significant scholarly contributions to the field of anthropology.
    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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