A search committee made up of regents and university presidents is narrowing down the list of candidates for the post of chancellor of the Texas State University System and could have a list of at least three finalists late next month.
"The search committee is working diligently and has narrowed the pool of applicants," said Bill Funk, national managing director of the education practice for Korn/Ferry, the search firm that is lining up the candidates. "This is not a final list. It is what I would call a short list of five to 10 really good candidates who are still under consideration."
The search committee will likely narrow down the short list once more before beginning the interview process. Preliminary interviews will likely begin this month, and the list of finalists should be ready by the end of January, Funk said.
"Frankly, we are delighted with the response we have received from Texas and around the country," Funk said.
TSUS Chancellor Lamar G. Urbanovsky has announced his retirement but will remain on the job until his successor is named, said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kenneth Craycraft.
"He has been chancellor for 28 years," Craycraft said. "He has been an excellent steward of the taxpayers' money, and all you have to do is visit or campuses to see the results he has produced."
Nine universities and colleges, including Texas State-San Marcos, Angelo State, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Sul Ross State universities are part of the TSUS system. More than 64,000 students attend TSUS campuses, which have operating budgets totaling $573 million.
The chancellor heads the system's administration and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of a nine-member board of regents appointed by the governor.