The University of Washington Tacoma has entered the final phase of its search for a new chancellor.
Approximately 300 applications were initially received for the top administrative post at UWT, according to school spokesman Mike Wark. Several applicants met with the school’s search committee earlier this week in screening interviews.
The pool has since been narrowed to five finalists. The first finalist will visit the campus Nov. 12, Wark said.
Interviews with the finalists are open to the public. The first candidate, who will not be named until a week before they arrive, will make a public presentation at 4:30 p.m. in Philip Hall Nov. 12. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
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The remaining four candidates will visit the campus between Nov. 17 and Dec. 12.
The school embarked on the search this spring after Chancellor Debra Friedman died in January following treatment for lung cancer. Friedman was hired in 2011.
Kenyon Chan has served as interim chancellor and is leading the search committee as chairman.
The university enlisted executive search firm Diversified Search to help. The firm formed the 21-member advisory committee that has been meeting with applicants.
A series of meetings was held in the spring for community members to share what characteristics the school should seek in a new chancellor and what priorities should be addressed in the coming years. Public feedback was incorporated in the position description, which was posted in national higher education publications.
The public is invited to attend each candidate presentation.
A final decision will likely be announced by January, Wark said.
Whoever is selected for the job will be the fifth chancellor in the history of UWT, which turns 25 next year.
The University of Washington Tacoma has 4,501 students, according to 2014 autumn enrollment data.