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May 16, 2002

UPB search for president to start anew this fall

The search for a new president of the Bradford campus needs to be started again, according to the chair of the search committee.

Robert Pack, vice provost for academic planning and resources management, said the committee was unable to recommend the requisite number of qualified finalists, typically three or four, to the provost.

Pitt is seeking a successor to Richard E. McDowell, who last fall announced he would be stepping down after 29 years as Bradford's president.

Provost James Maher told the Bradford campus community at the end of April of his decision to begin a new search, Pack said. "The provost asked the search committee to stay intact and begin their work again in the fall," Pack said.

Launching a new search is expected to delay the appointment date of a new president until at least next summer, according to Pack. He added that the provost was likely to appoint an interim president before McDowell steps down in August. Regional campus presidents report to the provost.

The search committee had received more than 50 applicants, Pack said. That field was narrowed to six candidates, who met with University officials, and Bradford campus faculty, staff and students during March and April.

McDowell will return to teaching part-time in the biology department at Pitt-Bradford following a sabbatical in fall 2002. He also will work to expand and advance the programs of the campus's Allegheny Institute of Natural History.

–Peter Hart

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