Wisconsin-Parkside chancellor to visit Wright State Feb. 5-7 for president’s job

Deborah Ford, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, will visit Wright State Feb. 5-7, to interview for the president’s job.

The second of three finalists for Wright State University’s presidential position will visit campus Sunday, Feb. 5, to Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Deborah Ford, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, will meet with students, staff, faculty, administrators, the Board of Trustees and community leaders at both the Dayton Campus and Lake Campus.

Ford joined the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2009. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, she served as vice president of student affairs and professor at the University of West Florida.

Previously, she served as vice president for student affairs, dean of students, associate professor and coordinator for student development at Spalding University.

Her classroom experience includes teaching courses in West Florida’s College of Professional Studies and student strategies and leadership courses at Spalding.

Ford received her Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Louisville, her Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Indiana University and her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Louisville. Her dissertation, “Judicial Responses to Adverse Academic Decisions Affecting Post-Secondary Students since Horowitz and Ewing,” received the Houchens Prize, which is awarded to Louisville’s dissertation of the year.

Ford’s CV, letter of interest and the full schedule of her visit are available on Wright State’s presidential search website.

Public events during Ford’s visit take place:

Monday, Feb. 6:
9:15–10:15 a.m.: Presentation to staff and staff forum, Student Union Atrium (watch the forum)
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Presentation to students and student forum (watch the forum)
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Presentation to Lake Campus faculty, staff and students (watch the forum)

Tuesday, Feb. 7:
9:15–10:15 a.m.: Presentation to faculty and faculty forum (watch the forum)
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Presentation to Research Council and research personnel forum (watch the forum)

Dennis Shields, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and another finalist for Wright State’s presidential position, visited campus Feb. 2–4.

The third finalist will visit Wright State on Feb. 7–9 and will be announced before their visit.

Doug Fecher, chair of the Wright State Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee, encouraged members of the university community to participate in the candidates’ visits.

“Your voice and input are critical during this stage of our search. I encourage you to attend a forum and provide feedback on each candidate through our online surveys,” Fecher said.

The search committee’s objective is to present the Board of Trustees with one or more highly qualified and acceptable candidates from whom to choose Wright State University’s seventh president.

“We believe our three finalists are top candidates. We are excited to bring them to campus and obtain your feedback,” Fecher said.

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