Assoc. News Editor
Six candidates to succeed President Francine G. McNairy have been selectively narrowed down to three. All candidates met with the Council of Trustees (COT) for further consideration, in which three were recommended to the Board of Governors (BOG) and the Chancellor. The COT recommended Dr. John Anderson, Dr. Kent Neely and Dr. Vilas Prabhu. It is anticipated that the BOG will make the final appointment in late November.
An overview of the three candidates includes Dr. John Anderson, current president of Alfred State College in New York, which was the first announced candidate. Anderson has previous experience in strategic planning, raising funds, advocacy and recruiting. He also has experience in managing a university budget during the economic crisis and even budget cuts.
Additional positions include serving as executive vice president and provost at Hartwick College in New York and executive vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Anderson holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in education.
The second candidate for consideration is Dr. Kent Neely, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor at Western Oregon University.
Neely has an extensive background in theatre, his longest position is with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota where he serviced as the managing director of University Theatre and also as a lecturer.
In the past he has served as a dean and professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; associate dean and professor at Boise State University and Head of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.
Neely received his bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre at Oklahoma City University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The third candidate is Millersville University’s own Dr. Vilas Prabhu, provost and vice president of academic affairs. Prabhu has been with the University since 2004 and his primary duties as provost and vice president for academic affairs include providing overall leadership for the University’s planning process and academic policies; overseeing of academic budget, faculty promotion and tenure; serving as the ex-officio on several university standing committees; providing supervision to three deans, among additional duties.
Previous positions include serving as associate provost for academic and student affairs and research administration at Southwestern Oklahoma State University; dean, school of arts and sciences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University; chair and professor of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and various positions as professor of pharmacy.
Prabhu holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Universityof Bombay; master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry, Idaho State University; Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Texas at Austin and a master’s of business administration in management/ finance, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
For more information on the candidates and to view their credentials, visit http://www.millersville.edu/presidentialsearch/index.php for updates.