(Clockwise from top left) Karla Hughes, Randy Dunn, Tim Flanagan, and Larry Dietz.
By WJBC Staff
NORMAL - Illinois State University has announced four finalists to be the school's president.
The finalists were announced Wednesday morning.
The list includes ISU vice president for student affairs Larry Dietz, Murray State University President Randy Dunn, Framingham State University President Timothy Flanagan and Morehead State University vice president for academic affairs Karla Hughes.
“We have a slate of outstanding finalists from a large pool of exceptionally qualified, diverse candidates,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Michael McCuskey in a release. “We are confident the next president of Illinois State will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the top public universities in the nation."
The candidates will make campus visits between April 22 and 29, with Hughes on the 22nd, Dunn on the 24th, Flanagan on the 26th and Dietz on the 29th.
"We believe that it's important that candidates become public at the finalist stage," said ISU spokesman Jay Groves. "They will meet with campus leadership groups throughout the day and there is also the opportunity to members of the university community and greater community to get to know these finalists."
Public forums with the candidates will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.
ISU's search committee hopes to have a new president before the fall semester begins.
President Al Bowman said late last year that he is retiring for health reasons.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.