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Fifth Finalist Announced
In Search for Chancellor
November 1, 1999

The Advisory Search Committee for Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs has identified a fifth finalist. He is Frank J. Thompson, interim provost of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York-Albany.

Schedules for all the finalists are being confirmed and biographical information on each candidate is being gathered to be posted on the Web at

The committee is providing time in the schedule of each candidate's visit to campus for the candidate to meet with faculty and staff for an open discussion.

"Through these candidate visits to campus, the Advisory Search Committee seeks to afford as many segments of the University community as possible an opportunity to meet the five leading candidates for chancellor and to discuss matters of mutual interest with them," says Ronald L. Taylor, vice provost for multicultural affairs and chair of the search committee.

"It is our intent as well to give the candidates the opportunity to hear from, listen to, and seek information and insights from a multiplicity of campus constituencies," he says. "Our aim is to afford the University and the candidates alike an extensive and open process of getting to know one another."

Following the campus visits, the search committee will submit an unranked list of candidates to President Philip E. Austin for his consideration and decision, says Taylor.

The finalists and the dates of their visits are:

  • Howard C. Johnson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, Syracuse University, November 3-5;

  • Lester A. Lefton, dean, Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, November 7-9;

  • Frank J. Thompson, interim provost, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York-Albany, November 9-11;

  • Paul B. Armstrong, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was here October 27-29; and

  • John D. Petersen, dean, College of Science, Wayne State University, arrived October 31 and leaves November 2.