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University announces presidential candidates

The presidential search committee on Wednesday morning announced John Applegate, Robert L. Caslen, William F. Tate and Joseph T. Walsh as the final candidates for university president.

The candidates will speak to students, faculty, staff and USC's administration at forums from April 22 to 25. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Faculty, deans and vice provosts will meet the candidates separately from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the Karen J. Williams Courtroom in the School of Law. 

Applegate is a law professor and the executive vice president of academic affairs at Indiana University.

Caslen, a retired lieutenant general, is part of the senior council to the president at University of Central Florida and serves as the interim chief financial officer for the university. 

Tate works in the graduate program at Washington University in St. Louis as the graduate school dean and the executive vice provost for graduate education.

Walsh is the vice president for research at Northwestern University. 

The presidential search committee recommended these candidates for consideration to the Board of Trustees. They will meet in the USC Alumni Center on April 26. 


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