July 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Oakland University expected to name new president Wednesday

Rochester — The Oakland University board of trustees is expected Wednesday to name a new president.

A special meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Oakland Center includes an agenda item “to appoint Oakland University’s next president,” according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon by the school.

The trustees interviewed three finalists during the past month: George W. Hynd, provost and executive vice president of the College of Charleston in South Carolina; Rodney K. Rogers, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and James Spaniolo, a higher education adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder and former president of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Oakland University began searching for a new leader after longtime President Gary Russi abruptly retired in June 2013. The same day Russi stepped down, his wife, Beckie Francis, was fired as the school’s women’s basketball coach.

Betty Youngblood, who was OU’s associate vice president for outreach, has been interim president for the past year.