Thursday, April 24, 2014 · 2:17 a.m.

Committee narrows UTC chancellor candidates to three

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The University Echo is the student paper of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga search committee has narrowed the number of candidates to three after they provided feedback Monday on the candidates looking to fill the position as UTC chancellor.

The three remaining candidates are Dr. Diane Allen, Dr. Steve Angle and Dr. Harold Jones.

Larry Arrington, chancellor search committee chair, said the search and screen committee met to review all the feedback that has been received on the candidates.

“The committee submitted a list of strengths and weaknesses for each candidate to President DiPietro,” Arrington said.

Arrington said it is likely the president would invite two or three of the candidates back for another interview. Gov. Bill Haslam plans to interview the candidates as well.

Committee members took a deep look at the candidates’ past experience, Arrington said.

“The committee was looking for a visionary leader that had experience at a university similar to UTC,” Arrington said.

The five candidates were Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Diane D. Allen of Salisbury University, Senior Vice President and Professor of Chemistry Steven Angle of Wright State University, Dean Jorge Haddock of George Mason University, Dean Harold P. Jones of University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs James D. Moran III of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

SGA President Bradley Bell, member of the chancellor search committee, said the members of the committee have many views of what a chancellor should do.

“Each person brings a different perspective on how he or she feels what the chancellor should do for the school and community,” Bell said. “I feel that by having such a diverse committee, we will be able to make the best decision for UTC.”

The committee looks at many factors when examining the candidates, Bell said.

“When looking at the qualifications, we look for the amount of experience the candidate has in operating large groups, will it be from being a faculty dean or dean of a college, or being a provost of a school or even being a past president,” Bell said. “We also look at the amount of philanthropic work that each candidate has done and many other things.”

Bell said after the five candidates came to the university for a campus visit, the search committee deliberated over each candidate.

Bell said he personally is looking for a candidate who has done their research on UTC.

“I want someone who put in the time to learn about this campus,” Bell said.

Tuesday morning, Chuck Cantrell announced the field of five candidates had been narrowed to three.

Arrington said UT System President Joe DiPietro was pleased with the feedback he received from the committee.

“The search committee presented President DiPietro with a strong pool of candidates, and he was pleased with the finalist recommendations,” Arrington said.

“The committee has done great work, most recently in narrowing the group of five very impressive candidates to the three excellent finalists. The three have accepted the committee’s invitation to return for a week of follow-up interviews, beginning on Monday," Arrington said.

The finalists will meet Haslam, who is chairman of the UT Board of Trustees; DiPietro and his executive staff;  UT Trustees Vice Chairman Don Stansberry; Chattanooga-area trustees; and the chancellors of UT Knoxville, UT Martin, the UT Health Science Center and the UT Institute of Agriculture.

This article is published with permission of the The University Echo.

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