Another candidate for president of Columbus State University has dropped out of the search.
Jane T. Upshaw, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort and one of four candidates submitted to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents by the local search committee, is no longer interested in the job. She wrote a column for the Beaufort Gazatte on Friday saying she was staying in South Carolina.
That appears to leave two candidates in contention to replace Frank Brown, who will be retiring at the end of June.
Charles F. Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Timothy S. Mescon, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, were both submitted to the regents less than two two weeks ago.
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Upshaw, Harrington and Mescon all interviewed May 4 in Atlanta by the Board of Regents CSU search committee, chaired by Columbus native Donald M. Leebern Jr.
Patrick Schloss, president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., was on the list submitted to the Board of Regents by the local committee, but withdrew before he was interviewed by the Board of Regents committee. Schloss was also a candidate for the president's job at Valdosta State University.
The final decision will be made by the Board of Regents, who have yet to publically announce a list of finalists. Georgia law requires the regents to submit a list of finalists 14 days before the board votes on whom to hire.
The next Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for June 10 and 11 in Atlanta.
The four people submitted by the local search committee were among seven candidates on the CSU campus for two-day interviews last month.
Those who also interviewed on campus were: Tim Hynes, vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Georgia; Kaylene A. Gebert, executive vice president and provost of Middle Tennessee State University; and Katherine S. Conway-Turner, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Harrington said Tuesday afternoon he has not heard from the Board of Regents since his interview last week. Mescon could not be reached for comment.