Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry among finalists for Georgetown College president

Jim Newberry, who was mayor of Lexington from 2007 to 2010, was one of three finalists for president of Georgetown College.
Jim Newberry, who was mayor of Lexington from 2007 to 2010, was one of three finalists for president of Georgetown College. Lexington Herald-Leader

Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry is among three finalists in the running to become the next president of Georgetown College.

The other finalists announced Tuesday are Cheryl Kimberling, president of the Multicultural Alliance in Fort Worth, Texas, and Jason Rogers, vice president for administration at Belmont University in Nashville.

The three seek to succeed William Crouch Jr., who announced in October that he would retire in June as the 23rd president of the Christian liberal-arts college. A 12-member search committee chose the finalists from 62 candidates, college spokesman Jim Allison said.

Newberry, who was elected Lexington mayor in 2006 and served through 2010, became vice president and general counsel for Georgetown College in May.

Since leaving the mayor's office, he worked with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture as an executive-in-residence, at the KyForward website, and at Hargrove Madden LLP, a law and accounting firm.

Kimberling heads the organization formerly known as the Fort Worth chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Multicultural Alliance's goal "is to promote an inclusive community, eliminate bias, bigotry and oppression, and encourage understanding and equity of all diversity through shared experiences and educational programming."

Kimberling's professional experience began as a professor of sociology at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth and continued as executive director of the Tarrant County College Foundation. She has held administrative positions at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and the University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, she held an adjunct faculty position at Texas Christian University in the sociology department from 1988 to 2005. In August 2006, she retired from the University of North Texas Health Science Center as vice president.

Rogers has been vice president of administration at Belmont since 1998. He has a law degree from Vanderbilt School of Law.

The candidates will meet on campus next week with trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students and residents. The college said a schedule of the visits would be announced soon.

After receiving feedback from those groups, the search committee will make a recommendation to the college's board of trustees.

The recommendation will be made the week of May 6, but it is not known when the trustees will act. The college's commencement is May 11.

Georgetown College has an enrollment of 1,110 students in its undergraduate program and about 500 in its graduate program in education.

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