Three Metropolitan State University presidential semi-finalists named

Posted: March 24, 2008

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

The names of three semi-finalists for president of Metropolitan State University have been submitted to the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, James H. McCormick. The candidates are Kenoye Kelvin Eke, Sue Kiefer Hammersmith and Joseph F. Sheley.

The semi-finalists were recommended by a search committee chaired by Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Kenoye Kelvin Eke has served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania since 2002. Previously, he served as vice president and chief operating officer, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief academic administrator at Kentucky State University; interim assistant vice president for academic programs at California State University Monterey Bay; director of international affairs at the Savannah State University's Center for Trade and Technology Transfer; dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and coordinator of political science at Savannah State University; and American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Michigan and Savannah State University. Eke also was a professor of political science at Savannah State University. Eke holds a doctorate and a master's degree, both in political science, from Atlanta University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Alabama A&M University.

Sue Kiefer Hammersmith has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 2002. Previously, she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University; dean of University College at Ball State University; assistant dean in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis; and professor of social change and development and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She holds a doctorate and a master's degree, both in sociology, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology, all from Indiana University.

Joseph F. Sheley has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Sacramento. Previously, he was executive vice president, interim director for the Office of Alumni Relations and founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of sociology at California State University, Sacramento and academic program administrator of the HUD campus affiliates program, chair of sociology department and sociology professor at Tulane University. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in sociology and a bachelor's degree in social science, both from Sacramento State College.

The new president will replace William Lowe, who has been interim president since Wilson Bradshaw resigned to take another position. The chancellor, along with one to three members of the Board of Trustees and others, will conduct interviews with the semi-finalists. McCormick will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which could act on the recommendation at a special meeting April 16.

Metropolitan State University, which has campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis and serves more than 9,000 students in credit courses annually, provides a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs.