Peter E. Wagner, provost of Utah State University, is one of three remaining candidates for president of Western Washington University.

The new president would succeed G. Robert Ross, killed with two top aides in a plane crash, officials said.Besides Wagner, the nominees include William E. Davis, chancellor of the Oregon State System of Higher Education in Eugene, Ore., and Kenneth C. Mortimer, vice president and vice provost at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa.

The three finalists will visit the Bellingham campus, in northwestern Washington, this month, and a final selection will be announced by the trustees in June. Wagner is visiting WWU May 8-10; Davis, May 15-17; and Mortimer, May 25-27.

A school spokeswoman said the acting university president, Albert J. Froderberg, did not seek the job to lead the campus of 8,347 students.