By CAITLIN KNOX
The Presidential Search Committee has decided on three finalists for our next college president. According to the press release that was sent out to students on Tuesday, April 23, “The twelve-member search committee made up of representatives from the Georgetown College board of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents council and student body is pleased to have selected three candidates from which a possible successor to retiring president William H. Crouch, Jr. may be named.
“The finalists announced today by William J. Houston, search committee chair, are:
“Cheryl Kimberling, president, Multicultural Alliance, Fort Worth, Texas; “Jim Newberry, vice-president and general counsel, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky.; and, Jason Rogers, vice president for administration and university counsel, Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.”
Molly Shoulta, senior student representative on the Presidential Search Committee, said, “On behalf of the search committee, we are extremely excited to present the three best candidates to campus. While it was our job to narrow the pool, it is the campus and community’s task to evaluate how each candidate would fit into the community as far as academics, student life and development, among a host of other elements. Each one comes with solid credentials. I encourage every student, whether graduating or not, to take part in the events that welcome each to campus. This is our time to decide. Every evaluation will be taken into consideration.”
The search committee unanimously selected these three candidates based on 90-minute interviews conducted in Louisville this past week. A total of eight candidates were interviewed. The next step for the finalists will be to visit campus next week with trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members. A visit schedule will be announced in the near future.
The press release ends with,
“Following feedback from these groups, a search committee recommendation will be made to the board of trustees which will then potentially select the 24th president of Georgetown College. With roots dating to 1787, Georgetown College is a Christian liberal arts college with an ongoing affiliation with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.”