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March 8, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Young

Presidential search continues as candidates visit EMU campus

YPSILANTIThe Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents announced today that two candidates for the EMU presidency will visit campus Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11. They will meet EMU’s students, faculty, staff and administrators, as well as any interested members of the Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County and the greater community at an open session hosted on campus.

Candidates invited to visit campus are John A. Fallon, III, President of the State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam; and Beverley J. Pitts, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Ball State University.

Campus visit schedules will proceed as follows, with Dr. Fallon visiting campus Thursday and Dr. Pitts visiting campus Friday:

8 to 8:30 a.m. Session with Regents Advisory Committee
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Session with President’s Cabinet
10 to 11:30 a.m. Session with Academic Affairs leadership, including deans, department heads, AAUP and Faculty Council leadership
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch with invited student leaders
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open forum for campus and community, 201 Welch Hall
2:50 to 3:15 p.m. Session with interested media, 205 Welch Hall

The open forum will be taped and broadcast later each day on E-TV, campus cable channel 11. Broadcast times will be 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day so that individuals not able to attend will be able to see and hear the candidates. E-TV is available in all residence halls and most classroom buildings on campus.

The candidates’ campus visits are part of a comprehensive national search for EMU’s 21st president. “We were impressed by the quality and depth of the candidate pool,” said Dennis Beagen, chair of the Regents Advisory Committee (RAC), which was charged with screening and recommending candidates for the presidency. “We have considered nearly 100 applications from highly qualified applicants representing a broad spectrum of experiences, including University presidents, provosts and academic leaders, and a range of various professions.”

The RAC screened all applications and invited several candidates for interviews. From this group the RAC recommended a smaller pool to the Regents for their further review. Following extensive interviews, the Board invited Dr. Fallon and Dr. Pitts to return to meet the campus community. ”We are pleased to introduce these candidates to the university community as we continue this search process,” said Search Committee Co-Coordinator and Regent, Jan Brandon. “Dr. Fallon and Dr. Pitts have long and successful records of service to their institutions and their communities, and the prospect of having them join us at Eastern is exciting.”

Dr. Fallon has served as a faculty member and university administrator for more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor of science in speech and secondary education from Western Michigan University (1969), a master of arts in educational administration from Northern Michigan University (1970), and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Michigan State University (1973). His faculty experience includes 15 years in adult and community education and educational leadership at Ball State University and Brigham Young University. His higher education administrative positions span 32 years as a program development specialist (Ball State), special assistant for fiscal relations (Ball State), director of public service (Ball State), director of business and economic development (Ball State), vice president for public affairs (Saginaw Valley State), and president of two institutions (William Penn University and SUNY Potsdam).

Dr. Pitts has nearly 30 years of faculty and higher education administration experience. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from Anderson University (1968), a master of arts in journalism from Ball State University (1971) and an Ed.D. in higher education from Ball State (1981). Her faculty experience includes 28 years in English, communication and journalism at Anderson University and Ball State University. Her higher education administrative positions span 25 years as communication department chair (Anderson), coordinator of news editorial sequence (Ball State), director of graduate studies in journalism (Ball State), director of general studies (Ball State), director of academic assessment (Ball State), assistant provost and executive director of research (Ball State), acting provost (Ball State), acting supervisor for information technology (Ball State), associate provost (Ball State), provost and vice president for academic affairs (Ball State), and acting president of Ball State from January to August 2004. Dr. Pitts has also served as a consultant to the National Football League Players Association for 21 years.

Further information about the candidates and the EMU presidential search is on the EMU Web site at www.emich.edu/presidentialsearch.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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