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Digging deeper: Details on ASU's 4 presidential candidates

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The Alabama State University Presidential Search Committee narrowed the field of candidates to four, it was announced in a meeting Wednesday evening.

Since the time of the special meeting of the ASU board called by Gov. Robert Bentley, three of the 11 finalists dropped from consideration. From the remaining eight candidates, the committee selected four to be interviewed.

An attorney for the committee released the following names and information about those people Wednesday night:

  • Retired Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols - From Lorton, VA. 35-year career in the military. Former deputy commander at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Dr. Jorge Haddock - Dean of the School of Business at George Mason University. Former Dean of the School of Business at the University of Richmond.

  • Gwendolyn Boyd - 30-year career at the Johns Hopkins applied physics laboratory

  • Sen. Quinton Ross - Alabama State senator. Alumnus of Alabama State University. Director of Adult Education at Trenholm State Technical College.

WSFA 12 News has gathered additional details on each of the finalists and political reporter Max Reiss is putting together a report for this evening detailing some of the differences among the candidates.

Dr. Jorge Haddock

  • BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Masters in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue
  • Served as Dean of the School of Management at George Mason University from 2009-2013
  • Still serves as a full professor
  • Previously served as Dean of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond
  • Attained rank of full professor at RPI and later served as the Associate Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology
  • Holds several distinctions from different civic groups, awards from minority groups, and serves on different board

Gwendolyn Boyd

  • BS from Alabama State University and a Masters in Engineering from Yale University
  • She's been with the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins since 1980 and has a long career associated with JHU
  • Many awards and distinctions including Congressional citations, several awards within the African American Community in the Washington DC area as well as several recognitions from African American fraternities and sororities.
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters in 2005 from Lincoln University

Brigadier General Samuel Nichols

  • BS and MS in Education from Mississippi State University
  • 34 year military career in the US Army and climbed from 2nd Lieutenant up to Brigadier General
  • Served all over the South and Midwest in a variety of positions, also spent time in the Greater DC area working for the Army
  • His longest posts were three years on two different occasions: Chief, Secretariat for Department of the Army Selection Boards (Reserve Components), Personnel Command, Saint Louis, Missouri from September 1997 – July 2000; Commander, 3d Personnel Command, Jackson, Mississippi from August 2004-August 2007
  • Guantanamo Bay Experience: Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - GITMO, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from September 2010 – November 2011
  • Has been retired since January 2012

Dr. Quinton Ross

  • BS in Political Science and MA in Education, Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law all from Alabama State University,
  • Served as an Alabama State Senator since 2002, currently the Vice Chairman of the Education Policy Committee
  • Has been involved in several other political capacities with the Alabama Democratic Party
  • Current Director of the Adult Education Consortium of H. Trenholm State Technical College
  • Has been awarded several different local and statewide distinctions for his work in politics and as an educator
The search committee hopes to name a new president of ASU by the end of the year.

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