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Gordon president to be named Wednesday

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has called a meeting for 9 a.m. Wednesday to select a president for Gordon College. The committee-recommended finalists are: ’¢Dr. Max Burns, dean, Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega from 2008. Prior to his current appoint­ment, Burns served as associate dean and chair of the business administration department at the Cottrell School of Business. Before his appointment as chair, Burns was a candidate for the 12th congressional district of Georgia. He also worked as a senior policy advisor at Thelen, Reid and Priest, LLP and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 12th congressional district of Georgia for one term. Burns has been a professor at a number of international and domestic universities. Burns holds a doctorate from Georgia State University in business administration, a masters of business information systems from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s of industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in Atlanta. ’¢ Dr. Delmas Crisp Jr., executive vice president and academic dean, Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., from 2007. For a brief period, Crisp also was the interim president of Methodist University. Prior to his appointment as executive vice president, Crisp was vice president for academic affairs, dean, chair and professor of English at Wesleyan College in Macon. He has also served as head of the English department, director of freshman English and professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. Crisp earned his Ph.D. in British medieval and renaissance literature, linguistics; a master’s in British literature with emphasis in medieval literature and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. ’¢ Dr. Donna Henry, dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Fla., from 2005. Prior to her appointment as dean, Henry was director of the Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education and professor at Florida Gulf Coast. Other positions include that of chair and study abroad director at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Fla. Henry received her doctorate in physiology from Thomas Jefferson University and a bachelor’s in biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia, Penn. Current interim president Shelly Nickel was not among the finalists. Several influential members of the Gordon College Foundation are lobbying the Board of Regents to keep her in the post permanently. However, it appears Burns is the odds on favorite to get the job.

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