News & Updates – Athens State University

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.

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