“Although the majority of candidates came from the South and Southeast, we had applicants from every section of the country,” said Butts, adding that Board of Regents policy precludes him from providing any information as to the names of who has or has not applied for the position.
The application deadline was July 13 and came about 16 months after Shelley Nickel was announced as interim president. Nickel took over for Lawrence Weill, who returned to the classroom after leading the college for eight years.
Asked about the next step in the process, Butts said his committee will meet this week and narrow down the field to eight or 10 applicants. Those applicants will be interviewed by the committee next week, and five or six candidates from that group will be invited to on-campus interviews in late August or early September.
The Presidential Search and Screen Committee of Gordon College will then submit three to five finalists to the Special Regents Selection Committee and the chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG), Hank Huckaby, in mid-September.
“They will then conduct interviews and extend an offer to the selected candidate in late September or October,” Butts said. “Obviously, the announcement will come some time after that.”
The final decision on the next president at Gordon rests with Huckaby and the USG Board of Regents.
“Many people both on and off the Search and Screen Committee have already put in a lot of work on this task and will be putting in even more over the next month,” Butts said. “I would like to thank them all for their service to Gordon and the University System of Georgia.”