By BRIAN BIGELOW | Assistant News Editor

APSU is searching for a new dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support to fill the vacancy left by Harriett McQueen. McQueen retired at the end of December after almost five years in the position.

There are currently 12 approved candidates, according to Jaime Taylor, APSU dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and chair of the search committee charged with finding candidates for the position.

No interim dean will be hired. APSU Provost Tristan Denley will fill the role until a new dean is hired in time for the next academic year.

The search committee will narrow the field to two or three candidates who will then be referred to Denley, who will make the final decision.

“The position has been advertised nationally. Applicants have been coming in over the holidays,” Taylor said. “They are being approved by the Human Resources office and are now being reviewed by the hiring committee.”

“The goal is to have this person start as soon as possible. However, this is a very critical position for the university, and we need to make sure we find the right person,” Taylor said. The dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support oversees “the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions, Academic Support, Career Center, Academic Alert and Institutional Research,” Denley said. TAS