By Lauren Cottle

Staff Writer

The Tennessee Board of Regents held a telephonic meeting on Friday, Jan. 24, to discuss the criteria for the soon-to-be open position of APSU president. Most TBR members were present for this meeting.

Because of President Tim Hall announcing he will leave APSU after the spring semester, board member Fran Marcum said now is “the right time to begin the search for a new president as much as I regret having to do that.”

Member Robert Thomas was announced as the chair of the presidential search committee.

The present board members voted unanimously in favor of the released criteria for the next APSU president.

“The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and energetic leader with the vision, skills and integrity required to guide [APSU] to higher levels of achievement,” according to the TBR criteria.

Some requirements include experience in higher education, a minimum of five years administrative experience and a “demonstrated commitment to serving students, faculty and staff.”

Another criterion is an “understanding of and commitment to” the APSU community and the “university’s service of active duty and retired military personnel and their family members.”

Bill Persinger, head of APSU personal relations, listened in on the meeting. Persinger said the meeting was “a formality of the board.”

The next president will be the fifth since Persinger has been at APSU.

“This is a pretty normal procedure,” Persinger said. “But it was a quick meeting, which is not usually the case.”

The next university president for APSU is expected to be hired during the summer.TAS