Culver-Stockton College — Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: April 20, 2009
Contact: Communications Office, 573-288-6337
Three finalists named for Culver-Stockton College President
CANTON, Mo. – Culver-Stockton College has named three finalists in its search for the college’s 25th president. Each finalist will be on campus in the next three weeks to meet with members of the C-SC board of trustees, as well as college and community leaders.
The college expects to name the new president shortly after graduation, which is scheduled for May 9, with the new president taking office by July 1. The Culver-Stockton Presidential Search Committee has been meeting since December 2008 to select the next college president. More than 60 applications were received, with the committee narrowing the pool to 16 and, after extensive phone interviews, conducting personal interviews with eight candidates before inviting the three finalists to campus.
“We have been extremely pleased with the search process and the quality of the individuals who are interested in what Culver-Stockton has to offer,” said Don Gnuse, chairman of the C-SC Board of Trustees. “We are confident that among these three finalists is the individual with the strongest vision for the college and the exceptional energy and creativity to sustain our mission, continue our growth and lead us into our future.”
The finalists (and the dates they will be on campus) are:
Richard A. Hanson, president, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa (April 22-24) – Hanson has been president of Waldorf College since 2005. Previously, he was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college for 10 years at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., where he also served as a professor of sociology. Hanson began his academic career as an assistant professor at California State University in Chico, where he taught for six years and served as department chair. He then joined the faculty of North Dakota State University where he taught for 15 years before becoming associate vice president for academic affairs, interim vice president for academic affairs, and interim dean for the college of university studies. Hanson is a consultant-evaluator and visit team chair for the Higher Learning Commission. He earned his Ph.D. in applied behavioral science from the University of California, Davis, and both his master of science degree in child development and family relations and bachelor of arts degree in sociology from North Dakota State University.
B. David Rowe, vice president for advancement, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga. (April 29-May 1) – Rowe has been with LaGrange College since 2000. Previously he was vice president for institutional advancement at Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga. He also served at Emory University for six years, first as associate director of admission at the Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, and then as director of development and director of advancement and planning at Emory’s Oxford College. Rowe earned his PhD in educational policy studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta; his master of divinity degree at Emory University, Atlanta; and his bachelor of science degree in chemistry at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. He also has earned a certificate in ecumenical studies at the University of Geneva, Bossey, Switzerland.
Richard D. Valentine, vice president for alumni and development, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. (May 4-6) – A graduate of Culver-Stockton College, current member of the C-SC Board of Trustees, and former dean of admission at Culver-Stockton, Valentine has been at Transylvania University since 2004 as vice president for alumni and development. Previously, he served at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., for 11 years. He joined Monmouth as vice president for admission in 1993 and then vice president for external relations in 1995, a position he held for nine years. Valentine was also dean of admission and financial aid for then-Arkansas College, now known as Lyon College, Batesville, Ark. At Culver-Stockton, Valentine worked first as assistant-associate director of admission and then as dean of admission.