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Athens State University Names Dr. Philip Way as 37th President

May 17, 2019

The Athens State University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Way has been selected as the 37th President of Athens State University.

A press conference will be held at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 21 in the Founders Hall Parlor to introduce Dr. Way as the next Athens State University President.

Dr. Way will address the media and University community, offering his remarks about the appointment and his outlook on the institution’s future. A welcome reception will follow.

Presidential Finalists Announced

April 2, 2019

University leadership has announced that the Athens State University Presidential Search has been narrowed to four finalists.

Dr. Joe Delap, currently serving as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama, has over thirty years of teaching experience, twenty-four years in full-time college leadership, and eighteen years as a tenured professor at various public and private institutions. Delap holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Arts degree in Germanic Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, along with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science (International Relations) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Dr. Marc Manganaro currently serves as Professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master of Arts degree in English from San Francisco State University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Nebraska at Omaha. His previous roles include serving as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loyola University from 2012 through 2017 and as the Special Advisor to the President from 2017 through 2018.

Dr. Tracy Pellett has held many leadership roles throughout his career, including President and Professor of Education at Glenville State College and Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Education, and Interim Vice President for Advancement at College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction/Sport Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts degree in Teacher Education/Motor Learning from Ball State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health/Physical Education from Carthage College. Pellett also attended the Institute for Management & Leadership in Education at Harvard University.

Dr. Philip Way most recently served as Interim President at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial and Business Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from University of Warwick and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Selwyn College, Cambridge University. Way also completed the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University.

These finalists were selected by the presidential search committee after reviewing all applicants and completing in-person interviews with the top ten. The four finalists will be visiting campus over the next two weeks for on-campus interviews, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is expected to make a hiring recommendation to the Board at the meeting on May 17.

“It is our goal to select the most appropriate candidate that will benefit both the institution and the community,” stated Dr. Ron Ingle, Interim President and Search Committee Chair. “We were fortunate to have a large applicant pool of very qualified candidates. We are optimistic that the candidate selected will build on the momentum that has been created and be an asset to the institution’s future.”

The new president is expected to begin duties this fall.

Presidential Search Committee

November 16, 2018

The Athens State University Board of Trustees appointed Interim President Dr. Ron Ingle as the Chair of the Presidential search committee. Other committee members were both elected and appointed from various University and community constituencies. The search committee membership includes representatives from the local community, the faculty, staff and students of the University, as well as representatives from the Alumni and Foundation Boards.

Anticipated Timeline for Presidential Search Process

November 14, 2018

Academic Search, Inc. will begin advertising the position in early December with a deadline of early February 2019 for full consideration of applications.  Semi-finalists interviews are anticipated to occur late February 2019.  Campus visits for finalists are expected to occur late March with an appointment announced mid-April.

Academic Search, Inc. to Assist with Presidential Search

November 8, 2018

The Athens State University Board of Trustees has retained a search firm, Academic Search, Inc., to assist with our upcoming Presidential search. Academic Search has worked exclusively for nearly 40 years in searches for presidents and senior administrators in higher education. Senior Consultants Mr. John Garland and Dr. Eric Richtmyer will visit campus on November 14 & 15 to meet with members of the campus community and the Search Committee. An inclusive schedule has been developed that invites participation by a wide spectrum of the campus community. The schedule includes opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to meet with the search consultants.

The role of our consultants is not to select our next President, but rather to support and inform the work of the Search Committee and to help ensure that the search and selection process is managed effectively so that we may achieve our goal of securing the best possible President.

The Board of Trustees welcomes nominations by all members of the Athens State University community.  Confidential nominations can be made by forwarding the name(s) and contact information to the consultants from Academic Search, Mr. John Garland and Dr. Eric Richtmyer, at and . The success of our search will depend on the involvement, support and interest of all members of our campus community.

Dr. Ronald Ingle Named Interim President

May 18, 2018

The Athens State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to authorize the Executive Committee of the Board to enter into negotiations with Ronald R. Ingle, Ph.D., to serve as Interim President of Athens State University. Dr. Ingle has verbally agreed to serve in this capacity while a national search is conducted.

“Dr. Ingle’s previous service at Athens State, along with his experience in higher education, made him an excellent candidate to serve as Interim President while the University seeks a replacement for Dr. Bob Glenn, who resigned earlier this month to become President at the University of Houston – Victoria,” stated Cathy Dickens, board chair. “We are confident Dr. Ingle’s leadership will be valuable to the University and local community during this transition.”

Dr. Ingle is President Emeritus of Coastal Carolina University and previously served as Interim Provost at Athens State University from January 2015 through June 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Wofford College.

Dr. Ingle is expected to begin his duties as Interim President this summer.

President Glenn To Resign

May 2, 2018

The Athens State University Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Robert “Bob” Glenn will resign from his role as president.

Glenn, who became the University’s 36th president in 2008, was integral in helping lead the University in its transition from the Alabama Community College System to a fully independent state university with an autonomous board of trustees.

“We appreciate Dr. Glenn’s contributions in helping build Athens State to where it is today, and we thank him for the vision he has shared with us over the past decade. We are excited to build on the momentum that has been created, shaping the future of higher education as we approach our bicentennial in 2022,” said Cathy Dickens, board chair. “We wish Dr. Glenn well in his future endeavors.”

Plans are underway to establish a presidential transition team, including a search committee who will work to identify a leader to build upon our solid foundation. Due to the time typically required to hire a new President, it is anticipated an interim President will be appointed. Future updates concerning the presidential search will be communicated online and through local media outlets.

Future updates will be added as the process continues.