Two of Columbus State's three presidential finalists are finalists elsewhere

Two of the three finalists to be Columbus State University's next president are finalists elsewhere.

Randy Hanna, ex-chancellor of the Florida College System (formerly known as the Florida Community College System), and Carl Stockton, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, are two of the three finalists for the Jacksonville State University presidency, according to the Anniston Star.

Stockton is scheduled to visit the northeast Alabama campus on Friday, and Hanna is scheduled to visit on Tuesday. The other Jacksonville State finalist is John Beehler, the dean of business at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

Hanna, Stockton and Chris Markwood, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, are the three finalists for the CSU presidency.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents announced in a news release Tuesday that the board will vote on whom to hire as the fifth president in CSU's 57-year history "at a future meeting." The board has a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

Hanna and Stockton weren’t reached for comment, but Charles Sutlive, the Georgia Board of Regents vice chancellor for communications, told the Ledger-Enquirer, “Both remain finalists for the Columbus State University presidency.”

Hanna previously was a finalist for two other presidencies: in November, when the University of North Alabama hired Kenneth Kitts, who was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke; and in January 2014, when Columbia (Mo.) College hired Scott Dalrymple, who was dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

Tim Mescon, who announced his departure seven months ago, was CSU president for six years when he retired Dec. 31 to move to Amsterdam and become senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Tom Hackett, the CSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president.

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