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Second GSU president candidate to visit
Public forum set for Thursday at the PAC
David Belcher for Web
David Belcher - photo by Special
    A provost at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock will be the second 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.
    David Belcher, D.M.A., is provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a position he has held since July 2003.
    Georgia Southern started looking for its 12th president after Bruce Grube announced he would retire at the end of this year. Belcher'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 Belcher 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.
    Prior to his arrival at Little Rock, he served more than nine years as Dean of Missouri State University's College of Arts and Letters. In that capacity, he served as the founding director of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, a three-week, intensive program of study for some of Missouri's most talented high school arts students.
    A pianist, Dr. Belcher has appeared throughout the United States as recitalist and chamber musician. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and was a 2006 participant in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.  
    In 1981, Dr. Belcher was awarded a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship to study in Vienna, Austria. While a student at the Eastman School, he held a one-year appointment to the school's piano faculty and was named the recipient of the Jerald C. Graue Memorial Scholarship for excellence in musicological research. Dr. Belcher holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School.  
    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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