It appears Timothy S. Mescon is on the verge of becoming the next president of Columbus State University. Barring a surprise move, all that is waiting is a vote next month from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
Mescon, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, is one of two finalists released by the Regents on Tuesday. Charles F. Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is the other.
Contacted by cell phone, Mescon said, "I have been instructed to refer all questions to the Board of Regents."
Attempts to reach the Board of Regents spokesperson were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.
Harrington, also reached Tuesday by cell phone, said he has not spoken with anyone from the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia or the search firm hired to help find a replacement for Frank Brown in three weeks.
"I am still interested in the candidacy to become president of Columbus State University and to carry on the legacy started by Frank Brown," Harrington said.
If Mescon is the choice, Harrington said he would not be surprised.
"You can read between the lines," he said. "Given the current direction of the University System of Georgia, it would not surprise me if the Regents selection committee would move ahead with an individual with a greater business background and less institutional leadership experience."