The committee leading the search for a new Washington State University president has settled on eight finalists, and the process is on track for the board of regents to make their selection in April, the panel’s chairman said Friday.
The university initially reached out to some 200 people, and then whittled that list to about 20 prospects before making another round of cuts, said Mike Worthy, chairman of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
The final eight include women and members of minority groups, Worthy told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“It was a diverse process,” he said.
The search committee decided early it would not release candidates’ names, even at the finalist level. That decision was intended to attract quality applicants without placing their careers at risk. Some faculty members have criticized the secrecy and a lack of on-campus interviews.
Worthy said he would like to present three finalists to the board of regents, but that number is not set in stone. The next step is a second round of interviews.
The process seeks to replace former president Elson Floyd, who died of complications from colon cancer in June at age 59.
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