ETSU Search Advisory Committee Selects 8 Candidates for First-Round Interviews

The search advisory committee for a new president of East Tennessee State University has selected 8 candidates from a list of 49 to bring to Johnson City for the first round of interviews.

The round-one interviews will take place with the search advisory committee this Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20, in the A and B Ballrooms in the Millennium Centre. Following those interviews, the committee will decide which candidates to invite to return for meetings on the campus with ETSU constituent groups, including faculty, staff and students, during the week of Oct. 24-28.

The search advisory committee is scheduled to convene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The interview schedule is available here. Candidates selected for first-round interviews are:

  • Ronald Brown, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Wayne State University
  • Robert Frank, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Kent State University
  • Richard Manahan, vice president for University Advancement and president/CEO of the Foundation at East Tennessee State University
  • Jack Maynard, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Indiana State University
  • Brian Noland, chancellor at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Sandra Patterson-Randles, president of Indiana University Southeast
  • Cheryl Scheid, vice chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs and dean at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • Michael Wartell, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Some of the round-two interviews with ETSU campus groups will be streamed live through the ETSU website. Search advisory committee representatives will collect and provide feedback on the campus meetings to the chancellor.

The search advisory committee provides recommendations on final candidates to TBR Chancellor John Morgan.

All meetings of the presidential search advisory committee are open to the media and the public as observers. More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found at under the “Quick Links” section.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to more than 200,000 students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.