Fourth ESU Presidential Candidate to Visit Campus

November 18, 2011

The fourth and final candidate selected as presidential finalist for Emporia State University will visit Emporia and the ESU campus Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21-22.

Kathryn Cruz-UribeThe fourth finalist, Dr. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, and her husband, Gene, will meet with campus and community groups on those days.

Cruz-Uribe has been provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay since 2007. CSU Monterey Bay is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution of about 5000 students. She is responsible for leading the academic programs of the university, including four colleges and the university library. She also oversees the Grants and Contracts Office, Information Technology operations, Institutional Research, and Enrollment Services, including Admissions and Financial Aid. She serves as second-in-command of the university.

More information about Cruz-Uribe can be found on the Emporia State Presidential Search page or on the Board’s website at the following links: or

A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae may be obtained by sending an email request to

The ESU and Emporia area communities are invited and encouraged to meet the candidate at an open forum on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union on the ESU campus.  A campus/community reception will immediately follow at the Webb Hall Foyer at approximately 5 p.m.  

Feedback from the campus and community will be facilitated via an on-line survey.  A link to the survey will be located on the ESU website homepage.  The survey instrument will remain open until Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, 5 p.m. CST.

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 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:



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