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Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:41 am
by BigJohn94
Per a facebook post, Wofford will introduce its new President today at 1pm in Leonard Auditorium. I would have to guess that he/she will be an insider, or someone coming back home. Anyone hear anything they wish to share?

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:15 am
by Cub
It will not be an insider or someone coming home - I do know that but not much else

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:52 am
by Eyes of Old Main
Ironic contrast to the last search. When Dunlap was hired, there was a list of published finalists and the process was much more pulicized. This time, I haven't seen anything until now an introduction. Neither way is right or wrong; I'm sure we got our man/woman and will be fine. I just think it is unusual that such different approaches were taken. Perhaps it's the difference in the outgoing Presidents (Lesesne vs. Dunlap) or a different make up on the BOT. Anticipation builds...

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 11:22 am
by oldT-Dog
My guess is Dr. David Wood.

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 12:30 pm
by Cub
Dr. Wood was not one of the final 4 candidates

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:00 pm
by oldT-Dog
Haha. Shows my depth of insider info.

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:06 pm
by Ruckus
Who were the four candidates and who was chosen?

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:10 pm
by BigJohn94
Welcome President Nayef Samhat.

http://www.kenyon.edu/samhatn.xml

This was taken from Phillip Stone, our archivist. He put it out on facebook.

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:13 pm
by lawdog
Wofford News Update
May 14, 2013
Dr. Nayef H. Samhat named Wofford College president

Dr. Nayef H. Samhat addresses a packed Leonard Auditorium today after his election as Wofford College's 11th president was announced by Harold Chandler, chairman of the Wofford Board of Trustees.

Kenyon College provost to serve as 11th president
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as president of the college at their meeting on Tuesday, May 14, held on campus.

Samhat has served as provost and professor of political science and international studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, since 2009.

He will succeed the retiring Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap this summer. Dunlap has served as president since 2000, and will return after a yearlong sabbatical to continue as the Chapman Family Professor of Humanities.

"We have conducted a thorough, national search for the 11th president of Wofford College," says J. Harold Chandler (Class of 1971), chair of the Wofford Board of Trustees. "Our search committee was led by an able and accomplished individual and its 12 members have done their job in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. The board of trustees, led by its Human Resources Committee, has completed its review and have voted to accept the mutual recommendation of the Search Committee and the Human Resources Committee in the naming of Dr. Nayef H. Samhat as the next present of Wofford College. We are honored that Dr. Samhat has accepted our call and we are excited and ready to begin our important work together."

Samhat held several positions at Centre College in Danville, Ky., from 1996 to 2009, including associate dean of the college, the Frank B. and Virginia Hower Associate Professor of Government and International Studies, chair of the Division of Social Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Associate Professor of Government and International Studies. He also served as the coordinator of the Environmental Field Experience Program and an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1995 to 1996.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in international economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1983, Samhat received his master of international affairs degree from Columbia University in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, where he also received a minor in comparative political economy.

While at Kenyon, Samhat has overseen a number of major grants, including two from the Mellon Foundation: a Critical Languages and Innovative Pedagogy grant to support post-doctoral teaching fellowships for Russian and Arabic languages, and a grant for the Center for Innovative Pedagogy and The Essentials: Renewing General Education within the Curriculum to enhance the endowment for a previously Mellon-funded Teacher Teaching Teachers grant.

Samhat has made a number of presentations, participated in numerous panels and written papers centering on the challenges of the liberal arts college, the role of provost, developing faculty leaders and other topics. His also has written numerous papers, reviews and essays on foreign policy, international relations and global environmentalism.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Samhat is married to Prema Samhat, director of the Knox Community Hospital Foundation and director of marketing and communications for Knox Community Hospital. They have three daughters, Alia, 26; Jehan, 24; and Leila, 19.

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Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 4:47 pm
by Hobo
sounds like a reasonable fellow.

interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcuQRaNEvzo

Anybody know how to pronounce his last name? Because I have been chanting SAM-HAT all afternoon to myself.

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 5:55 pm
by lawdog
Very well spoken - can he walk the walk, as Coach might say.

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:51 pm
by dungeonjoe
It looks like the College has finally learned how to truly conduct a national search :D

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:42 pm
by Eyes of Old Main
dungeonjoe wrote:It looks like the College has finally learned how to truly conduct a national search :D


I'll assume that Dr. Samhat was not prepped for his interview in a late night tutoring session in the athletic administration suite. National searches are good; sham searches create messes.

Either way, congratulations and welcome to our new President. Hopefully Wofford can realize his vision without losing its unique "Wofford-ness".

Re: Wofford New President

PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 9:23 pm
by youngterrier
I won't share the other candidates info, but this guy is a lot better than the other candidates. I like him. Not as Charismatic as Bernie, but he has a huge upside I think.

His last name is pronounced as it looks-Samhat. Like Sam-hat.