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Albany State, Darton College searching for new presidents

Former Darton State College President Peter Sireno (File Photo)

Former Darton State College President Peter Sireno (File Photo)

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Albany State University President Everette J. Freeman. (File Photo)

ALBANY — With Albany State University President Everette Freeman packing boxes and former Darton State College President Peter Sireno already out of the door, both schools now turn to the Georgia Board of Regents for assistance in finding their replacements.

Last week, Freeman announced he has accepted a job as president of the Community College of Denver, while University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby forced Sireno’s resignation after 24 years on the job. Freeman’s final day at ASU is Oct. 31.

The big question is “now what?”According to USG spokesperson John Millsaps, the system has a process in place in regard to replacing presidents at its 31 member institutions.

“The first think the USG will do is name an interim president,” Millsaps said.

The system wasted little time in naming an interim at Darton, tapping Georgia College and State University Senior Vice-President Paul Jones as Interim. The USG, however, has yet to name a temporary replacement for Freeman, but Millsaps expects that to happen soon.

The next step is forming “campus search committees” at both schools. These committees will be comprised of the faculty and staff of the schools in addition to involved community stakeholders.

At the same time, the BOR will hire a search firm(s) and form a regents search committee.

The chancellor will them charge the campus search committees to assemble a pool of available and acceptable presidential candidates. The local committees will narrow the list to as few as five candidates and forward that list the the BOR committee.

If the BOR is happy with the list, then they will pick a finalist for each position, or the could send the list back to the local search committees and ask for more names.

Millsaps said there is no timetable for the process, but added the BOR will release a list of finalists once the names are whittled down.