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Candidates For UVA-Wise Chancellorship Set To Visit Campus

April 10, 2001-- The three finalists for the chancellorship at The University of Virginia's College at Wise will visit the campus beginning April 22.

"All three candidates are outstanding in their fields and exceptional individuals," said William J. Sturgill, chair of the Chancellor's Search Committee and the UVa-Wise Board.

The three candidates are:

Thomas F. Armstrong, provost, senior vice president, and professor of history at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas.  

Armstrong earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Colorado and his doctoral degree in American social/Southern history from the University of Virginia.  At Texas Wesleyan since 1995, Armstrong previously served as provost and professor of history at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. from 1993-1994.  From 1985 until 1993, Armstrong served in a variety of roles at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga., including coordinator of the Bachelor of General Studies program and assistant dean and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Steven Kaplan, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.  

Kaplan earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He completed his master's and doctoral degrees in Germany at Eberhard-Karls Universitat Tubingen.  Kaplan's master's degree is in German, English and philosophy; his doctoral degree is in comparative literature.  He also earned a diploma from Harvard University's Management Development Program.

Before beginning his present position at Butler in 1998, Kaplan was dean of Art and Humanities and professor of English at the State University of New York College at Buffalo.  From 1989 until 1996, Kaplan held several teaching and administrative positions at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Co., including assistant professor of English, associate professor of English, chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages and finally director of the Center for International Programs.  Kaplan also worked as a visiting lecturer in American studies and an instructor of English as a second language at Eberhard-Karls Universitat Tubingen and at the University of Maryland's European Division as an instructor of English and American literature and composition.

Jeanette Lancaster, dean and Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing, at the University of Virginia.  Lancaster, who has worked at U.Va. since 1989, also serves as senior associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Virginia Health System.

Lancaster earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee and her master's degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from Case Western Reserve University and her doctoral degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma.  She also earned a certificate from the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and completed an eight-month medical management program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at U.Va.

Lancaster began her career as a staff nurse at the University of Tennessee.  She also worked as a staff nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Cleveland and as a nurse clinician at University Hospitals of Cleveland.  She was a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1970 through 1977.  From 1977 until 1984, Lancaster worked as an associate professor, assistant professor and finally professor and chair of the master's program at the University of Alabama School of Nursing.  Lancaster was a professor at Wright State University School of Medicine from 1986 through 1989 and dean and professor at Wright State University's Miami Valley School of Nursing from 1984 until 1989.

Armstrong will visit campus April 22-24, Kaplan April 29-May 1, and Lancaster May 6-8.  An identical schedule will be arranged for each candidate with blocks of time set aside for open forums with faculty, staff and students.  

Armstrong will meet with the faculty from 1-1:50 p.m. and with students from 2:15-3:15 p.m. on Monday, April 23 and with staff from 1-1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.  Kaplan will meet with the faculty from 1-1:50 p.m. and with students from 2:15-3:15 p.m. on Monday, April 30 and with staff from 1-1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.  Lancaster will meet with the faculty from 1-1:50 p.m. and with students from 2:15-3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 7 and with staff from 1-1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.  All forums will take place in the Chapel of All Faiths.

"When the candidates come to campus they will be meeting with and having discussions with Chancellor George Culbertson, with faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members, and community leaders," Sturgill said.  "We want them to have an opportunity to meet everyone they can."

"We hope to use the input of all these constituencies in helping us arrive at the selection of the best candidate to be recommended for the chancellor's job," Sturgill added. Through this visit process, we're looking for the candidate who will be the best fit for UVa-Wise."

University of Virginia President John T. Casteen has requested that the search committee forward its recommendation to him in time to appoint the new chancellor by the end of the 2001 spring term.  According to the UVa-Wise Board's bylaws, Casteen will review the UVa-Wise Board's top candidate, designate a nominee for the chancellorship and make a recommendation for formal election by the Board of Visitors.

Following the final candidate visit, the Chancellor's Search Committee will meet to determine its recommendation to the UVa-Wise Board.  The UVa-Wise Board's next scheduled meeting is May 18.  The UVa-Wise Board will forward its recommendation to President Casteen, who will then make a recommendation to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors.  The Board of Visitors' next scheduled meeting is June 15-16.

"I hope that this process can be completed in time to allow the new chancellor to begin work in mid-summer and have the opportunity to familiarize himself or herself with campus life before the fall semester begins," Sturgill said.

Former UVa-Wise Chancellor L. Jay Lemons announced his plans to leave UVa-Wise last October to become president of Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.  The 14-member Chancellor's Search Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, a student, and representatives from the UVa-Wise Board and the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors was appointed by President Casteen that same month to begin the search process for a new chancellor.

Education Management Network, an executive search firm in Massachusetts, has assisted UVa-Wise in the national search for its next chancellor.  More than 50 applications have been received and reviewed by the Chancellor's Search Committee since the process began.

George E. Culbertson, a 1957 graduate of the College and long-time UVa-Wise professor and administrator, has served as chancellor since Lemons' departure in January.

Contact: Jane Meade-Dean, (540) 328-0130

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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