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Westminster announces finalists for position of president

Published: Wednesday, March 7 2012 11:50 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster College on Wednesday announced the four finalists who will interview for the position of president.

The finalists are Karla V. Hughes, Brian L. Levin, Robert D. Newman and James "Cid" Seidelman, according to a news release from the school. The new president will succeed Michael Bassis when he retires in July. 

A presidential search committee conducted an extensive review of the entire candidate pool. After many in-depth preliminary interviews, finalists were selected to visit the college and meet with campus constituents, Westminster officials said.

Each of the four candidates has decades of higher education experience in public or private institutions.

Hughes has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky since 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree in food and nutrition from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Levin has been chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2006. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York.

Newman has served as the University of Utah's dean of humanities since 2001 and special adviser to the senior vice president for academic affairs since 2011. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Seidelman has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Westminster College since 2005. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah.

"The Presidential Search Committee is delighted to have such an accomplished group of academic leaders as finalists for the next president of Westminster College," said Westminster trustee Peter Meldrum. "Each candidate has demonstrated a passion for education and a creative approach to higher education throughout their respective careers. We were fortunate to have had such an excellent pool of candidates."

Westminster's selection for the new president will be announced in late March or early April.

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