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Candidates for top PSU job plan campus visits

Three finalists for the president's post will be interviewed by state board in early April

The top three finalists for the job of Portland State University president will visit the campus three times between April 2 and 10.

The finalists are: Kathie L. Olsen, deputy director and chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation; Wim Wiewel, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Baltimore; and Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University.

Jim Francesconi, chairman of the search committee and a member of the State Board of Higher Education, announced the finalists Thursday morning after a national search for both internal and external candidates.

Former president Dan Bernstine, who served as president from 1997 to 2007, stepped down last July for a position as president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania-based the Law School Admission Council. Longtime PSU administrator Michael Reardon has served as interim president.

'The search committee could not be happier with this excellent slate of finalists,' Francesconi said. 'The next president of PSU has a diverse and intense set of responsibilities to take the university to the next stage of excellence in academics, research and leadership in community engagement, among other critical areas.'

The three finalists will visit with students, faculty, campus administration and community leaders on April 2, 7 and 10. The public meeting schedule will be posted on the PSU Web site, www.pdx.edu . Complete biographies of each candidate are also posted there.

The State Board of Higher Education, which will interview candidates after the campus visits, expects to make a decision by early May.