committee named to select new chancellor
A 17-member committee of faculty, students, staff
and community leaders will identify candidates to succeed Dr. Bill
chancellor of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
UT President John Petersen said Monday Dr. Verbie Prevost, UTC
professor and acting head of English, will chair the search advisory
committee. Petersen will receive a list of finalists from the group
and recommend a candidate to the UT Board of Trustees for appointment.
"The committee's primary charge is to find the best person to lead
UTC," Petersen said. "I would hope the process can move quickly, but
target date to finish their work is secondary to identifying a highly
qualified pool of finalists."
Dr. Fred Obear, who served as chancellor for 16 years before retiring
in 1997, is serving as interim chancellor. Stacy resigned this summer
to become headmaster of Baylor School.
Faculty members on the advisory committee are: David Whitfield,
engineering; Kay Lindgren, nursing; John Fulmer, business
administration; and Marvin Ernst, human services and past president of
the Faculty Council.
Students: Jennifer Sebren, graduate student association; and James
Armour, president of Student Government Association.
Staff: Deborah Arfken, dean of graduate programs; Steve Sloan,
athletics director; Jonathan Looney, financial aid; and Jayne Holder,
Community representatives: Robert Kirk Walker, chairman of the
University of Chattanooga Foundation; John Stophel, immediate past
chair of the foundation; Ruth Brinkley, chair-elect of the Chancellor's
Roundtable; and Anita Polk Conley, M.L. King Community Development Corp.
Trustees: John Thornton and James L. Wolford, both of Chattanooga.