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College search committee selects final list
The committee searching for a replacement for College of Coastal Georgia President Valerie Hepburn has submitted its list of recommendations to the board of regents of the University System of Georgia.

Now, it's just a matter of waiting to see who the regents, who have final say in the matter, select to step into the top position when Hepburn leaves at the end of the current academic year, in May.

Search committee members gathered comments from staff and students who attended the forums, the last one being held March 29, early in the week and met to discuss who they would like the regents to consider for president.

"We've submitted the names to the board of regents search committee, as is required by their policy," said Andrea Wallace, head of the local search committee and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at the college. "The board of regents search committee will interview them in the near future."

The college search committee did not announce who it is recommending or how many names are on its most-favored list it.

Wallace was unable to comment on a time line for regent interviews.

John Millsaps, associate vice chancellor of the University System of Georgia and spokesman for the regents, said the board will not comment on the process or time line until it is ready to announce the finalists for the position.

The five finalists who were invited to speak at public forums at the college in March were:

* Bennie Harris, vice president for development and alumni relations at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

* Beth Weatherby, vice president for academic and student affairs at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

* Gregory Aloia, president of Concord University in Athens, W.Va.

* Bruce Murphy, vice president for academic affairs at the U.S. Air Force Air University in Montgomery, Ala.

* Robert McGehee, graduate school dean at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark.

A sixth candidate Stanley Preczewski, vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, dropped out of consideration just prior to his public forum hosted on the campus. In late March, Preczewski was named as interim president at the institution, effective July 1.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slun, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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