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Three finalists named for UPIKE president position

Interviews scheduled for Oct. 19

upikePIKEVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) — The names of three presidential candidates have been submitted to the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees. Following a comprehensive selection process, the Presidential Search Committee has narrowed the field of four finalists to include:

  • Allison D. Garrett, J.D., executive vice president, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
  • Drew Van Horn, Ph.D., vice president for institutional advancement at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.
  • Burton Webb, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

The firm of Greenwood/Asher & Associates conducted the national search, initially presenting a pool of 64 applicants to the Presidential Search Committee. Each of the final four candidates visited the campus and surrounding community Sept. 21-30, participating in a series of forums with faculty, staff and students. The campus family was also given an opportunity to evaluate candidates and offer feedback through online surveys.

“While the original goal was to submit two finalists, it was a highly competitive field so the committee elected to submit three names to the board of trustees for consideration,” said Dan Stratton, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “We think all three would be outstanding leaders for UPIKE. The board of trustees will have a very challenging decision to make.”

The executive committee of the board will meet on Oct. 19 to interview the three candidates. A final recommendation will be made to the full board at its Oct. 30 meeting.

Former president James Hurley resigned abruptly in April. Former Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton, current chancellor and past president of the University of Pikeville, has been serving as interim president.