WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate offered job in Dallas

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldMarch 5, 2013 

Washington State University Tri-Cities' options for chancellor may have narrowed a bit.

Ronald Brown, provost of Wayne State University and the second candidate to visit the Richland campus, was offered the presidency of the University of North Texas at Dallas late last week, according to the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Business Journal. It is not known if he accepted the offer.

WSU Tri-Cities made its recommendations for finalists to WSU President Elson S. Floyd on Friday. Those recommendations aren't being released, though committee members have said they anticipate a decision from Floyd this spring.

Melissa O'Neil Perdue, spokeswoman for WSU Tri-Cities, said it should be no surprise the university's options for a new chancellor are being looked at by other institutions.

"These are three high-ranking and sought-after candidates," she said.

And at least one of the two remaining candidates is actively seeking another position, which could limit the university's options further if that job offer comes to him first.

Along with Brown, Karla Hughes and Keith Moo-Young were named the top candidates for chancellor of the almost-1,500 student Richland campus. Hughes is currently provost at Morehead State University in Kentucky and Moo-Young is a dean of engineering at California State University-Los Angeles.

All three visited the Tri-Cities in February to meet with university, student and community leaders and take part in public forums to discuss their visions for the school.

But others also are interested in their vision. Moo-Young is being courted by Cleveland State University for its provost position. The Ohio school also was considering Brown.

It's not known if Hughes is under consideration by any other schools at this time. She has been a candidate in the past two years for positions at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Emporia State University in Kansas and University of Minnesota-Crookston.

In the Tri-Cities, Danny Talbot, co-chairman of the search committee and an associate professor of education leadership, said he thinks WSU Tri-Cities has plenty to offer its future chancellor, including a cooperative relationship with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a campus primed for growth and a supportive community.

However, there is competition for qualified administrators and he knows the wheels are turning to have a decision made.

"I'm sure the whole system would like to get this whole process wrapped up," he told the Herald.

Chancellor Vicky Carwein left last summer for the chancellor's position at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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