Dr. Todd Diacon is Second ESU Presidential Candidate to Visit Campus

November 4, 2011

The second of four candidates selected as presidential finalists for Emporia State University will visit Emporia and the ESU campus Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7-8.

The second finalist, Dr. Todd Diacon, and his wife, Moema Furtado, will meet with campus and community groups on those days.
Dr. Todd Diacon
Diacon is deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For 21 years he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. An historian of Brazil and Latin America, he earned his B.A. from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He is a native of Wellington, Kan.

More information about Diacon can be found on the Emporia State Presidential Search page or on the Board’s website at the following links: www.kansasregents.org/esu_presidential_search_information or www.emporia.edu/presidential-search.

The ESU and Emporia area communities are invited and encouraged to meet the candidate at an open forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union on the ESU campus. A campus/community reception will immediately follow in the Webb Hall Foyer at approximately 5 p.m.

Feedback from the campus and community will be facilitated via an online survey. A link to the survey will be located on the ESU website homepage at www.emporia.edu.

ESU President Dr. Michael R. Lane announced his resignation effective June 30, 2011, after serving the university since 2006. Shortly thereafter, the Board initiated the search process by selecting Deryl Wynn, attorney for McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips P.A. and past member of the Kansas Board of Regents, to chair the search committee. In May, the Board selected the members of the search committee, composed of 18 individuals representing ESU constituencies, such as faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni/foundation, the Emporia community, and the Board of Regents.

“The campus will be impressed with the quality of candidates,” said Wynn. “I’m especially pleased that we’ve been able to move the search process along at a quick pace and appreciate the flexibility to bring the candidates to campus sooner rather than later.”

The dates for the other two finalists’ visits are as follows: Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 21 and 22. More details will be forthcoming.

The Search Committee will submit to the Board of Regents its candidate recommendations at the conclusion of the campus interviews. The Board hopes to name the 16th ESU president in December 2011.

Additional search details can be found on the ESU Presidential Search page on the Board’s
website at the following link: kansasregents.org/esu_presidential_search_information.

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