Midway College identifies three finalists in presidential search

lblackford@herald-leader.comOctober 22, 2012 

The Midway College presidential search committee has identified three finalists for the job. They are:

■ John Marsden, provost at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., and a gerontology professor.

■ Anita Bowles, vice president for academic affairs at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C., since 2005.

■ Sandra Patterson Randles, the chancellor of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana since 2002.

The candidates will visit campus this week and next, spokeswoman Ellen Gregory said.

Midway officials have said they hope to fill the position by Jan. 1. The search committee is led by Donna Moore, a trustee of Midway College, with help from the search firm Academic Search Inc.

Former President William Drake resigned in March. Rev. Robert Vogel has been interim president since then.

Midway College reached an all-time high enrollment of 2,412 this year. The school has a goal of increasing its enrollment to 4,000 as part of a five-year strategic initiative. The majority of the growth is attributed to the college's online and night programs.

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