Four Finalists Named for Dixie State College President

Four Finalists Named for Dixie State College President

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Three Utahns and an educator from Nevada have been chosen as the four finalists to become the next president of Dixie State College.

The Board of Regents will meet in executive session at Dixie State College on Tuesday to interview the candidates for the job that will pay $145,000 a year. The candidate will replace Robert Huddleston, who is stepping down after serving 12 years in the position.

The board would schedule a public meeting next Tuesday if they make an immediate decision.

The Presidential Search Committee recommended the finalists from a pool of 74 candidates representing 31 states.

"The search committee was pleased with the number and quality of candidates who were nominated or who applied," said Regent Jerry C. Atkin, who chaired the Presidential Search Committee. "We are recommending four highly qualified individuals, any one of which will be a great president."

The finalists are:

-- Dixie State Executive Vice President of Academics Dr. Lee G. Caldwell, since August 2004. Caldwell previously served as an associate dean at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from December 2002 to May 2004, and has been an assistant dean for the College of Business and Graduate School of Business at the University of Utah.

-- Dr. Christine Chairsell, the interim vice chancellor for Academics and Student Affairs for the University and Community College System of Nevada since July 2004. She currently serves as the Nevada State Director of Community Colleges, and has been an associate vice chancellor for the Nevada system since 2000.

-- Utah Valley State College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bradley J. Cook, since 2002. Cook has also served as UVSC's vice president for college relations from 1999-2000, and before that was an assistant professor at Brigham Young University for two years.

-- Dr. Mark H. Spencer, associate commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education since May 2002. He also currently serves as the executive director for the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority since May 2004. Spencer previously held other various positions at UVSC at the College of Eastern Utah.

The Presidential Search Committee was comprised of 25 individuals representing the Regents, Dixie State trustees, faculty, staff, students and the community.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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