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U of Akron releases presidential applicants list: Tressel's on it

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 21, 2014

He is also the only applicant without a degree beyond a master's.* Sure feels as if the fix is still in. ((Consumer adviisory: I have a master's from UA and teach part-time there.)  Here's the university update on the presidential search with the list of applicants to date:

The Presidential Search process is progressing as anticipated, with the Board of Trustees as the Search Committee continuing to accept applications for the presidency until the position is filled.

It is expected that the Presidential Advisory and Screening Committee will recommend finalists from the applicant pool who will visit campus (most likely during April) for comprehensive interviews with the multiple Constituency/Advisory Groups representing campus and community.

Meanwhile, there has been a public records request from the media asking the Board to release the applications for the position, along with their application materials. In compliance with the public records statutes, we are providing those materials. As this is an issue of interest and significance to our campus community—first and foremost—we are providing the information to you as well.

The following are applicants currently under consideration:

Martin H. Belsky, J.D.
Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, The University of Akron
(Former Dean of UA School of Law)

Dennis D. Berkey, Ph.D.
Former President and CEO, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.)
(Former Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost of Boston University)

Ronald V. Bucci, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Professional & Support Services and Administrative Director of Radiology/Anesthesia/Pain Management, Akron Children's Hospital

Charles C. Canver, M.D., M.B.A.
Chief Medical Officer, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center (Danville, Ill.)

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President, Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tex.)
(Former President of Heidelberg University)

Jorge Haddock, Ph.D.
Professor of Business, George Mason University
(Former Dean of Business of GMU and of the University of Richmond)

Leslie D. Hannah, Ph.D.
Director, Cherokee Programs and Chair, Department of Languages and Literature,
Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Muskogee and Broken Arrow, Okla.)

Pamela J. Kalbfleisch, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University Chicago
(Former Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, University of North Dakota and American Council on Education Fellow)

Ronald S. Kaplan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and
Interim Executive Vice Dean, Chicago Medical School (North Chicago, Ill.)

Stephen Lehmkuhle, Ph.D.
Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester
(Former Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri System)

Peter A. McAllister, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Letters, California State University, Los Angeles
(Former Director, School of Music at University of Arizona and at Ball State)

Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President-Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
(Former Dean of Business of Husson University)

Richard H. Owens, Ph.D.
President, West Liberty University (W. Va.) and
Trustee and Vice Chair, Columbus State College
(Former President of Heidelberg College)

Joi F. Patterson, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Operating Officer, Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, Ind.)

Michele Drabant Perkins, Ed.D.
President, New England College (Henniker, NH)

Faye Ran, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature, Metro College of New York
(Former Associate Provost and Founding Dean of MCNY Graduate School for Business)

Cathy A. Sandeen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice President for Educational Attainment, American Council on Education
(Former Dean, Continuing Education at University of California Los Angeles)

Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Toledo
(Former Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration of DePaul University)

James P. Tressel, M.A.
Executive Vice President for Student Success, The University of Akron

We are also providing a link to the application materials, including cover letters and resumes provided by the applicants currently under consideration.

Details about the process of selecting the 16th President of The University of Akron are readily available on our website. We will continue to keep you updated with new information especially when the finalists will be coming to campus for interviews.

*An earlier version of this post said he was the only one without a doctoral degree. Most of the candidates have Ph.Ds. Three have respecitvely a J.D., M.D. and Ed.D., which I've been told do not count as doctorates -- but are still more advanced degrees than the M.A. that Tressel has.

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