Westminster College Announces Presidential FinalistsTweet
Four presidential candidates to visit campus March 8-20
SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College announced today the four finalists that will interview for the position of president to succeed Dr. Michael Bassis when he retires in July 2012.
Dr. Karla V. Hughes, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky since 2007. She designed and completed a university-wide review of all academic programs and coordinated the development of an early college program for 22 high schools. She serves as Chair of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Council of Chief Academic Officers and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2005. Prior to her current position, she was dean of the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University. Dr. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition at Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Dr. Brian L. Levin-Stankevich, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2006. He initiated and led a broadly based strategic planning process and successfully moved new academic programs through the University of Wisconsin system. He obtained funding for three new construction projects (student union, academic building, recreation building) totaling $100 million. He is the recipient of the 2011 President's Award (NASPA) and the 2006 Regents Teaching Excellence Department Award. Prior to his current position, he was interim president of Eastern Washington University. Dr. Levin-Stankevich holds a bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. from SUNY.
Dr. Robert D. Newman, dean of humanities since 2001 and special advisor to the senior vice president for academic affairs since 2011 at the University of Utah. He initiated new college interdisciplinary programs in international studies, Center for American Indian Languages, Latin American Studies and Center for Values and Ethics. He has increased the college external grant funding by 1,500 percent and secured funding for the new Humanities building. He is the recipient of the University Equity and Diversity Award and the Utah Humanities Council Partnership Award, both in 2008. Prior to his current position, he was Chair of the Department of English at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Newman holds a bachelor's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Cid Seidelman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Westminster College since 2005. He initiated international partnerships with universities in Asia, Latin America and Europe and provided key leadership in facilitating the college's paradigm shift from a teaching-centered to a learning-centered institution. He assisted in all phases of the 1998 college's $33 million capital campaign. He currently serves as Chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Chair of the Board of Directors of CIT Bank, and serves on the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions Board of Directors. Prior to his current position, he was dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Dr. Seidelman holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah.
*For additional biographical information on each candidate, click their respective name.