Edinboro narrows president candidates to two

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Edinboro University’s Council of Trustees moved the search for the university’s 18th President forward significantly this afternoon by accepting the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee and forwarding the names of two  highly qualified candidates to Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education for the final selection.

The candidates, who were submitted unranked, are Dr. Lorrie Clemo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Oswego, and Dr. H. Fred Walker, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They were selected from among five candidates who participated in on-campus interviews April 25-29.

Dennis R. Frampton, chairperson of the Council of Trustees, will now submit the names to State System Chancellor Frank Brogan for review. Following that review, the candidates will be referred to the State System Board of Governors for interviews and the final selection of the next president of Edinboro University. The interviews are scheduled to take place May 11.

“We are confident that we have two very strong candidates who will provide exceptional leadership for the next era of excellence at our University,” Frampton stated in a message to the campus community this afternoon. “The Presidential Search Committee, led by Chairperson Harold Shields, has done a remarkable job in identifying top-notch presidential candidates.”

The 13-member search committee, which represented a cross-section of campus and community constituencies, was appointed by the COT and began its work in January. It was assisted by State System Deputy Vice Chancellor Kathleen Howley and Clarion University President Karen Whitney as non-voting members, and by the executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Clemo were chosen following an extensive process of credential reviews, referencing and interviews that included the on-campus forums and meetings with students, faculty, staff and community members. All feedback provided by participants in the on-campus interviews was made available to committee members and was given considerable weight in the final decision, Shields said.

“We were successful in reaching consensus on two outstanding individuals whose professional backgrounds and personal characteristics closely match the qualifications outlined in the position description for the next president of Edinboro University. We are confident that we have chosen the best slate of candidates possible and look forward to the final decision by the Board of Governors,” Shields said.

Dr. Clemo has been Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Oswego since 2012 and previously was chief of staff and deputy to the president, a program director and a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. Prior to joining the university in 1988, she was an instructor at Binghamton University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at LeMoyne College and both a master’s degree in political science, public administration and policy analysis and a Ph.D. in political science and policy analysis at Binghamton University.

Dr. Walker has been dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at RIT since 2008 and previously served as a faculty member at both RIT and the University of Southern Maine, where he was chairperson of the Department of Technology. In addition, he is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master of business administration from California State University – Fresno, and both a master of systems engineering and a Ph.D. in industrial education and technology from Iowa State University.

The next president of Edinboro University is expected to take office by July 1. He or she will succeed Dr. Julie Wollman, who resigned effective Jan. 18 to become president of Widener University in Chester, Pa.

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