There has been a “great deal of interest” for the position of Georgetown College president. So, much so, it has slowed the search even as the time when Dr. Dwaine Greene steps down draws near, said the man spearheading the search.

“We’ve had a great deal of interest in the position,” said J. Guthrie True, Georgetown College trustee who is leading the search committee. “There is certainly no shortage of quality candidates.”

True did not disclose the actual number of candidates applying for the presidency, but the number was significant enough that the process is going to take some time, he said. Dr. Greene announced late last year he planned to step down by the end of the current academic year, which is mid-May.

“I am pleased with the progress we are making,” True said. “But everyone involved is very busy, so this is going to take some time. I can’t tell you when we will be done with the process, but I can say naming a new president is not imminent.

“We are well aware of Dr. Greene’s plans. But it is far more important for us to get this right than to try and met some specific timetable.”

Greene announced his plans to resign about 90 days after Georgetown College was removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The college was on probation when Greene arrived in 2014 for its “failure to comply” with accreditations requirements on financial resources and  stability and a financial standard. One of the primary goals given to Greene by the trustees was to establish a plan to stabilize the college’s finances.

The college was also steadily losing enrollment at the time of Greene’s hiring. The college has reversed that trend and has had an enrollment increase over the past year.

Mike Scogin can be reached at mscogin@news-graphic.com.

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