Four Candidates for Clarion Presidency to Conduct Open Forums

CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University Presidential Search Committee has invited four candidates for university president to visit campus and conduct open forums.

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Community members, along with employees and students, are welcome and encouraged to attend and provide feedback via a survey managed by the firm, AGB Search. The link to the survey will be open on the university’s presidential search webpage on the first day of the corresponding candidate interview, and all four links will remain active for comments through midnight on May 7.

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson is the dean and a professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. Her open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 30 in Suites on Main North Theater.

David Urban

Dr. David Urban is dean of Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 1 in Suites on Main North Theater.

Amir Mohammadi

Dr. Amir Mohammadi is vice president for finance, administrative affairs and advancement services at Slippery Rock University. His open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 2 in Suites on Main North Theater.

Dione Somerville

Dr. Dione Somerville is vice president for student affairs at Bloomsburg University. Her open forum is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 4 in Suites on Main North Theater.

Each candidate’s vita is available on the university’s presidential search webpage at www.clarion.edu/about-clarion/leadership/office-of-the-president/presidential-search.html.

The next steps include a meeting of the search committee May 10 to review the feedback from the surveys and the interaction with the Clarion University community. At the end of that meeting, the search committee may recommend two candidates to the Council of Trustees.

The Council of Trustees has scheduled a special public meeting to review the recommendations on May 11. If approved by the Council of Trustees, those names will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, who will interview the candidates and select the next president of Clarion University.

In March, following open forums for three presidential candidates, including Urban, the Presidential Search Committee opted to extend the search in order to find additional qualified candidates to be considered for Clarion University president.

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