WSUV chancellor candidates visit

Field of four vie to succeed longtime leader Dengerink

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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Two candidates for the position of chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver will visit the campus this week, with two more finalists visiting next week.

Each candidate will meet with campus groups and attend a community forum from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration building, room 110, on the day of their visit. Campus and community members are invited to attend the forums.

Hal Dengerink, the founding chancellor of WSU Vancouver, died on Sept. 14 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

The finalists:

• Cheryl Norton, senior fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will visit on Thursday. She previously served as president of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven from April 2004 to May 2010.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation from Denison (Ohio) University, a master of arts degree and master of education degree, both in applied physiology, from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a doctor of education degree in applied physiology from the same institution.

• Taylor Eighmy, vice president for research and professor at Texas Tech University, will visit Friday.

He previously held several administrative positions at the University of New Hampshire, including interim vice president for research. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Tufts University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

• Karen White, a professor of music at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, will visit on Monday, Feb. 27. She also has served as the regional chancellor of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and senior adviser to the campus executive officer at University of South Florida Polytechnic.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arkansas, and master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from the University of Arizona.

• Emile Netzhammer III, provost and professor at Keene State (N.H.) College, will visit on Feb. 29. He has worked at Keene State since 2006; he previously was the dean of arts and humanities at Buffalo State College.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication at Loyola University in New Orleans and his master’s degree in mass communication and doctoral degree in communication from the University of Utah.

“We are pleased with the quality of the applicants who are seeking this position,” Gay Selby, chairwoman of the chancellor search committee, said in a news release. “We believe the four finalists are particularly strong candidates who offer an interesting range of backgrounds and skill sets.”

“We look forward to hosting them, acquainting them with what WSU Vancouver has to offer and getting feedback from the university community,” said Selby, a clinical associate professor in the College of Education.

Further information about the search, including the list of committee members, is at http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/chancellor-search.