Second WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate announced

BY THE TRI-CITY HERALDFebruary 5, 2013 

A senior administrator at a Michigan university has been named the second finalist in the search to fill the vacant chancellor position at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Ronald T. Brown will visit the Richland campus Monday for interviews and a public forum.

Brown is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit.

WSU Tri-Cities has been looking for a new chancellor since Vicky Carwein left last summer for the same position at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

James R. Pratt, vice chancellor for academic affairs, has been interim chancellor since Carwein's departure.

The first candidate was announced last Friday. Karla V. Hughes, provost and vice president of academic affairs for Morehead State University in Kentucky, will visit Friday.

The Richland university has about 1,400 students and is one of three urban campuses in the WSU system. The search committee hopes to have the new chief executive officer in place for the 2013-14 academic year.

Wayne State, where Brown has been since August 2010, has about 32,000 students and about 7,780 employees, said a news release.

Brown previously was dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia. He earned his doctorate from Georgia State University and his bachelor's degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Brown is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities, the news release said.

During his visit, Brown will meet with the search committee, administrators, faculty and students, as well as local business leaders.

The forum will include a presentation by Brown on community partnerships, campus engagement and the chancellor's role. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The forum is from 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. in the East Building auditorium on campus, 2710 Crimson Way.

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