Timothy S. Mescon appears to be the last person standing in the six-month search for a new Columbus State University's new president.
Around noon Wednesday, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents are expected to approve Mescon. Mescon, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, is one of two candidates submitted to Regents after a six-month search process to replace Frank Brown, who retires at the end of the month.
The other finalist submitted to the Regents, Charles F. Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, said Monday he was told he would not be offered the job.
Mescon said he has been instructed to refer questions about the Columbus State presidency to the Board of Regents. Mescon's Sandy Springs home is listed for sale.
"I was contacted by the search firm today, informing me that I would not be offered the position at CSU," Harrington said.
All that is left now is for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to make it official. And that should come toward the end of Wednesday's meeting at the University System office in downtown Atlanta.
For the last five weeks, the search has been in the hands of the Special Regents' Committee for the presidential search at Columbus State University, chaired by Columbus native Donald M. Leebern Jr.
The finalists' names were released by Leebern and Susan Herbst, the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, two weeks ago. State law requires the public release of the finalists' names at least 14 days before a vote is taken.
Mescon and Harrington were two of seven finalists who interviewed on campus during April. The local CSU Presidential Search and Advisory Committee, which had been working since December, submitted four names to the Board of Regents on May 2. At that point, the search was out of the local committee's hands.