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Three finalists for top academic post at UMFK visit campus

December 13, 2002


The three final candidates for the position of vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent have each visited the St. John Valley campus community, as the selection process for the top academic post at the state's northernmost campus draws to an end.

Each of the candidates spent two days in Fort Kent meeting with campus and community representatives, including scheduled sessions with faculty, staff and students. The meetings were designed to both provide the candidate with a better understanding of the university and to provide the campus an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists.

"Quote from Terry Murphy," said Terry Murphy, chair of the search committee for a new vice president for academic affairs.

The first of the three finalists to visit the campus was John Williams of Vermillion, South Dakota.

Williams is currently the dean of the division of health sciences at the University of South Dakota's School of Medicine in Vermillion. Founded in 1862, USD is a public institution with undergraduate programs and professional schools of law and medicine.

In addition to serving as dean at USD, Williams also is an associate professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology. He has been on the faculty of the University of South Dakota since 1991.

He received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and holds two masters degrees, one in health, physical education, and recreation from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and the other in teacher certification for public schools from the University of North Alabama in Florence.

The next candidate to visit UMFK was Timothy Fulop of Bristol Tennessee.

Fulop serves as dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and associate professor of history and religion at King College in Bristol. The four-year private liberal arts college with a student body of 700 was founded in 1867.

Prior to serving in his current position, Fulop was an assistant dean of faculty and director of research and evaluation at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia from 1995 through 1998.

He received his Ph.D. and a masters in religion from New Jersey's Princeton University.

The final vice presidential candidate to visit Fort Kent was Debra Israel of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.

Israel is dean of graduate studies and continuing professional education at the Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey. The liberal arts college of 6,500 students is located 20 miles from the New Jersey coast.

In addition to serving as dean at Richard Stockton, Israel is also a consultant for the American Council on Education Fellows Program. Prior to this she served as dean of faculty and academic affairs and professor at Southeastern University in Washington D.C.

She received her Ph.D. from Philadelphia's Bryn Mawr College and her masters in Byzantine art and architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.

After hearing from members of the search committee, UMFK President Richard Cost will make a final determination on the successful candidate.