Four more ap­ply for ASU chan­cel­lor; 14 in ring

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - AZIZA MUSA

Four more peo­ple have ap­plied to be the next chan­cel­lor at Ar­kan­sas State Univer­sity at Jones­boro.

The four ap­pli­cants join the 10 can­di­dates who have ap­plied since Ar­kan­sas State Univer­sity Sys­tem Pres­i­dent Chuck Welch and a 21-mem­ber-ap­pointed search com­mit­tee started the search on Feb. 14. All the can­di­dates are vy­ing to re­place in­terim Chan­cel­lor Doug Whit­lock, who was ap­pointed to his $305,000-a-year post af­ter the for­mer chan­cel­lor re­signed just be­fore the fall se­mes­ter be­gan.

Tim Hudson — the for­mer chan­cel­lor — left his post, which paid $360,000 an­nu­ally, with­out a sev­er­ance pack­age in Au­gust af­ter sev­eral in­ter­nal au­dits and one state au­dit un­cov­ered nepo­tism and con­flicts of in­ter­est. Whit­lock has agreed to serve through June 30, but his con­tract can be ex­tended on a month-by­month ba­sis.

Can­di­dates must ap­ply by April 17 for pri­or­ity con­sid­er­a­tion, but the search will con­tinue un­til the po­si­tion is filled. Welch has said he would like fi­nal­ists to visit the cam­pus in May and that he hoped the win­ning can­di­date would be­gin in July.

The four new can­di­dates are:

Roger Achkar, for­mer pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at the Uni­ver­si­ties in Le­banon.

An­thony Koyzis, di­rec­tor of aca­demic pro­grams at the Univer­sity of Ni­cosia Global in Cyprus.

Soren Kirch­ner, CEO of Amer­i­can Global Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, a mem­ber­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion com­pany.

Ku­mara Jaya­suriya, provost and vice pres­i­dent for aca­demic af­fairs at West Vir­ginia State Univer­sity.

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