The University of South Alabama Board of Trustees convened and entered into executive session today to discuss the character of three candidates for president forwarded by a search committee in September. Although the selection process is expected to continue at another meeting scheduled later this month, it should culminate with an offer made to one of the three, Board Chairman Dr. Steven Furr said.

“Then, if we can keep the lawyers out of it, I would expect an offer to be negotiated by the end of the year,” he said.

In the time since the top candidates were announced, the three have independently visited the university and met with faculty, students, administration and alumni. Furr said the Trustees will consider comments forwarded from those parties and debate each candidate based on his or her own merits. As part of the Board’s process following the acceptance of candidates from the search committee, each candidate was also interviewed individually by the trustees.

Selection of the next president will be by a majority vote.

“This is the first time we’ve discussed all three candidates as a group and we’ll take the feedback from the different constituencies and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses to determine the best step,” he said, acknowledging Moulton, who led the university for 15 years before stepping down earlier this year.

“One thing that is certain is we’re not going to find another Gordon Moulton or Geri Moulton,” he said, praising the couple that dedicated more than 40 years of service to the University.

The three candidates under consideration are:

Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Illinois State University.
Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, Provost and Executive Vice President, Mississippi State University.
Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, Dean, School of Medicine, West Virginia University.

Videos of the candidates’ visits to the University are available at http://southalabama.edu/trustees/presidentialsearch/videos.html.