STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - A forum was held at Georgia Southern University Thursday night to discuss the search for the university’s next president.
A large group packed the meeting on the Statesboro campus to let the presidential search committee know what they want in a new president. Some speakers said the person needs to understand the university’s role in economic development for the community and the region. Others want the committee to focus on someone with leadership experience.
Some talked about what they consider to be a power struggle between Savannah and Statesboro over the campuses since the consolidation. They said the next president must be able to bring campuses together.
“So what we’re looking for, on one hand, are refinements. People have had more time to think about this. They’ve had time to review the job advertisement so they have a chance to add input if they have anything they want to add to that,” said Dr. Dustin Anderson, Committee Chair. “There’s no wall around campus. There’s no physical barrier. There should be no intellectual barrier, no emotional barrier."
He says the input will be especially important when they begin looking at the pool of applicants after the Nov. 9 deadline.
“It’s as important for Statesboro to feel good about this president as it is for Savannah to feel good about them, and Hinesville,” said Benjy Thompson, GSU Graduate.
We’ll be sure to update you both on air and online as the search continues.