Monmouth University Down to 4 Finalists for New President

January 18, 2013

WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University has narrowed its search for a new president to four finalists. Each of the candidates will visit the campus in late January and early February to meet with the campus community.

A 16-member search committee started looking for a new president in May to succeed Paul G. Gaffney II who will be retiring on June 30, after a decade of leadership.

“The search committee has been impressed with the exceptional pool of candidates seeking the position of the presidency,” said Dr. Marcia Clever, trustee and co-chair of the search committee. “It has been difficult to choose the finalists because of the high caliber of individuals who applied for the position.”

Alfred J. Schiavetti, Jr., trustee and co-chair of the search committee said, “We are confident that we have selected the best people to compete in the final round and are excited to introduce them to the university community later this month.”

The four finalists are: Paul Richard Brown, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business and Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; F. Javier Cevallos, Ph.D., president of Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa.; Stanley (“Stas”) C. Preczewski, Ph.D., vice president for academic and student affairs, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., senior vice president for research and development, New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

During the visits to the university campus, the candidates will meet with administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, students and trustees in a series of scheduled meetings. The successor will be chosen by the university board of trustees and announced to the public subsequent to the campus visits.

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