MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The sound of camera shy trumpeters filled the recital hall in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The room has undergone a transformation in preparation for the final forum tonight.
“Well it's mainly, Will, just been hitting the restart button and reminding people after a bit of a gap that we're still involved with the presidential search,” Bob Lowry, University of South Alabama spokesman, said.
The forum, held Monday afternoon, was intended to be the last in a three week series that began in late September to help the community meet the finalists vying for the university presidency. The forum for Dr. Arthur J. Ross III was postponed due to the death of former president Gordon Moulton.
“The biggest challenge was finding a schedule that fit the last candidate as well as our trustees who come here also to meet that candidate,” Lowry said.
Lowry said in addition to the change in date, the venue also had to shift because of a scheduling conflict.
We're hopeful that with enough advance notice and reminders that we'll have the same level of enthusiasm and participation that we had for the previous two,” Lowry said.
And to help gather community input, Lowry said all three candidate’ forums will be up on their website so everyone can take another look at the finalists. He said community input plays a big role in how the board will make its final decision.
“We work very hard to make this a very inclusive, transparent process so it's not just the university making the decision,” Lowry said.
The university said they hope to have one of the candidates selected by late November and for that person to step into the role by early 2014.
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