University of Washington Tacoma releases list of chancellor finalists

The University of Washington Tacoma announced the five finalists for its top leadership post Friday — three men and two women, all of whom hail from out-of-state colleges and universities.

The finalists for the chancellor job will visit UWT starting Wednesday. Each will spend two days on campus, participating in a full schedule of meetings and forums and making a public presentation.

Interviews are open to the public and will be held on campus in the William W. Philip Hall.

Approximately 300 applications were initially received, according to school spokesman Mike Wark. A final decision will likely be announced by January, he said.

Whoever is selected for the job will be the fifth full-time chancellor in the history of UWT, which turns 25 next year. He or she will replace Debra Friedman, who died in January. Interim chancellor Kenyon Chan has led UWT since then and is leading the search committee as co-chairman.

The finalists:

• Daniel E. Little

Current position: chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, a post he has had for 14 years. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1976.

UWT public presentation: Nov. 12 at 4:30-5:30 p.m.

• Gail Hackett

Current position: provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a post she has had since 2008. She’s also become a professor of counseling and education psychology at the school. Her academic career began at Ohio State University in 1978.

UWT public presentation: Nov. 17 at 4:30-5:30 p.m.

• Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Current position: vice president for administration and chief financial officer at California State University, Fresno, a post she has had since 2004. Previously she had several positions in the University of Alaska system.

UWT public presentation: Nov. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

• Ronald S. Rochon

Current position: provost at the University of Southern Indiana, a post he has had since 2010. His academic career began at Texas A&M University in 1993. Among his other jobs, he spent two years at Washington State University as an assistant professor in the College of Education.

UWT public presentation: Dec. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

• Mark A. Pagano

Current position: provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Montana State University Billings, a post he has had since 2011. He also spent two years as interim director of graduate studies at the school. He started his career at the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1983.

UWT public presentation: Dec. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.