Three finalists named in presidential search

May 22 2008

The Indiana State University Board of Trustees has identified three finalists in the search for the university’s 11th president.

The three will be brought to the Indiana State campus during the next three weeks with the board expecting to make a decision on the university’s presidency at its June 20 meeting, trustees President Mike Alley said.

“We are pleased the process has worked well even though we had to extend the search,” Alley said. “The quality of candidates has actually been enhanced as a result of the extended search. We’re excited about the caliber of all three finalists.”

The three are David Belcher, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Daniel Bradley, president of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va.; and Thomas “Tim” Hynes, vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Georgia.

Belcher has been at Arkansas-Little Rock since 2003. He previously served as a dean and assistant dean at Missouri State University, where he also served as a music professor and coordinator of keyboard studies in the music department. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He has also completed training at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

At Fairmont State since 2001, Bradley previously held a variety of positions at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, including vice chancellor for academic affairs and research, dean of engineering and head of the petroleum engineering department. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

Hynes has been at West Georgia since 1996 and has twice served as acting president of that institution. He was previously a professor, an associate dean and an interim dean at the University of Louisville as well as an assistant professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in speech from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s in mathematics from UMass. He also holds certificates of completion from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the American Institute for Managing Diversity.

Bradley is scheduled to visit the Indiana State University campus May 29-30 while Belcher’s visit is set for June 3-4 and Hynes’ campus visit will be June 9-10. Detailed schedules for the candidates' visits will be announced later. Indiana State’s new president will succeed Lloyd W. Benjamin III, who announced last year plans to step aside on June 30 following eight years in the position.

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David Belcher
Daniel Bradley
Thomas Hynes

Note: Additional information about the finalists, including curriculum vitae and letters of application, will be available at http://www1.indstate.edu/presidentsearch/candidates.htm

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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The ISU Board of Trustees has identified three finalists in the search for the university's 11th president. The three are David Belcher, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Daniel Bradley, president of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va.; and Thomas "Tim" Hynes, vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Georgia.

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