The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has named the two committees required by Regents’ policy to conduct a national search for the next president of Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Jaimie Hebert announced his resignation as president in May and Shelly Nickel took over as interim president on July 1. Nickel left her previous job, as the University System of Georgia’s executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs and treasurer for the Board of Regents, for as long as needed at Georgia Southern.
“Georgia Southern University needs a leader who understands the importance of working with students, faculty, staff and supporters as the institution grows its academic mission and footprint in southeast Georgia,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “This is a pivotal moment for the Georgia Southern community, and I thank the committee members in advance for their time and dedication to this important effort. The work of the Presidential Search and Screen Committee will be crucial to finding the right person to lead the university.”
The search and screening of candidates is the responsibility of the 18-member, campus-based Presidential Search and Screen Committee.
Members of the Presidential Search and Screen Committee:
Dustin Anderson, Ph.D., associate professor of literature, College of Arts and Humanities; president, Faculty Senate; chair, Presidential Search and Screen Committee
Suzanne “Suzy” Carpenter, M.S., associate professor of chemistry, College of Science and Mathematics
Jimmy Childre Jr., president, Childre Ford Inc.
Jose de Arimateia da Cruz, Ph.D., professor of international relations and international studies, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Samantha Grovenstein-Deal, product line manager, CCH Firm Management and Growth Solutions, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting North America
Spencer DeMink, executive vice president, Student Government Association
Luther “Trey” Denton, Ph.D., professor of marketing, College of Business
Mujibur Rahman Khan, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
Ann B. Hallock, DNP, assistant professor of nursing, Waters College of Health Professions
Dorothy Kempson, director, Liberty Campus
Douglas H. Lambert, president, SouthEastern Hospitality Services Inc.
J. Cliff McCurry, director of community development, Sterling Seacrest Partners
John “Jay” Neely III, vice president, Law and Public Affairs, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Brenda Richardson, chair, Staff Council
Chris Riley, chief of staff, Office of the Governor
Jarvis Steele, president, Student Government Association
Isabel Thomas, graduate student, College of Public Health
Meca R. Williams-Johnson, Ph.D., professor of educational research, College of Education
The duties of the committee include the development of a position description, recruiting candidates and conducting interviews. The search firm of Witt/Kieffer has been engaged to assist the search committee.
The charge to the Presidential Search and Screen Committee will take place on Aug. 29 at Georgia Southern. At the conclusion of its work, the campus committee will forward the credentials of three to five unranked candidates to the Regents’ Special Committee for consideration.
The Regents’ Special Committee will be chaired by Regent Laura Marsh, and includes Regents Chris Cummiskey, Bárbara Rivera Holmes, James M. Hull, E. Scott Smith, Ben J. Tarbutton III, and Don L. Waters.