Saginaw Valley State University will interview four finalists for its next president, following action Friday by the school’s Board of Control.
The interviews follow the recommendation of the university’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which has been working since August to replace current SVSU president Eric Gilbertson.
The board expects to move quickly after the interviews, to be held on campus during the week of Jan. 27, and select the next president by early February, said university spokesman J.J. Boehm.
Gilbertson announced last June that he planed to retire as president, a position he has held since 1989. He earns a base salary of $249,900. After he takes a sabbatical, Gilbertson plans to return to teaching, leading courses in leadership, administration and constitutional law.
Among the canidates the board will interview:
■Donald Bachand, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at SVSU. He joined the SVSU criminal justice faculty in 1978 and previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.
■J. Bradford Hodson, vice president for university advancement at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He also serves as president and CEO of the Pittsburg State University Foundation.
■Gayle Ormiston, currently the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Marshall University in West Virginia. He previously served as associate provost and as chair of the philosophy department at Kent State University in Ohio.
■Neal Weaver, currently the vice president for institutional advancement at West Texas A&M University. He previously was vice president for university relations at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.
Board chairman Jeff Martin lauded the work of the members of the presidential search committee.
“As a result of their extremely thorough and professional work,” Martin said, “we have four highly qualified candidates for the board to evaluate and ultimately determine who among them will be the fourth president of SVSU.”