Three finalists recommended for St. Cloud State University presidency

Posted: March 6, 2007

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

The names of three finalists for president of St. Cloud State University have been submitted to the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, James H. McCormick. The candidates are Earl H. Potter III, Robert Sheehan and A. Gabriel M. Esteban.

Earl H. Potter III has served as executive vice president and provost at Southern Oregon University since 2003. Previously, he was dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University; dean of the School of Management at Lesley University; director for organizational development and employment services at Cornell University; associate dean for academics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; a fellow for the American Council on Education in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Colorado; and chief negotiator for management and head of the Department of Economics and Management at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1969 to 1993 and retired at the rank of captain. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology; a master's degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Williams College.

Robert Sheehan has served as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo since 2006. Previously, he was senior vice provost for academic affairs and vice provost for strategic planning and students assessment at the University of Toledo; associate vice chancellor for performance reporting and analysis, director of operations systems and director of higher education information systems at the Ohio Board of Regents; interim associate provost for strategic planning and assessment, director of institutional research, assessment and analysis, director of student assessment and program review and a professor at Cleveland State University. He also has been on the faculty at Purdue University and the University of Virginia and has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in program evaluation, research methodology and statistics from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

A. Gabriel M. Esteban has served as provost and dean of faculty at the University of Central Arkansas since 2003. Previously, he was dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of marketing at the University of Central Arkansas; associate vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University; assistant professor in the division of business and an institutional research officer at the University of Houston-Victoria; and an instructor in the College of Business Administration at the University of the Philippines. He also has had specialized training in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and the Japan-America Institute for Management Science. He holds a Ph.D. in administration from the University of California at Irvine, a master's degree in Japanese business studies from Chaminade University, a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of the Philippines.

The finalists were recommended by a search advisory committee chaired by Wilson Bradshaw, president of Metropolitan State University.

The new president will replace Roy H. Saigo, who has served as president since 2000. Chancellor McCormick, along with several members of the Board of Trustees, will conduct interviews with the finalists. McCormick will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which could act on the recommendation at its regular meeting March 21. St. Cloud State University, the system's largest university, serves 19,500 students and offers 225 undergraduate and graduate programs.