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College warms to IPFW official

Georgia panel favors him for Valdosta post

– Officials at Valdosta State University have recommended IPFW Vice Chancellor William J. McKinney to be the school’s next president.

McKinney is now the vice chancellor for academic affairs, hired to fill that slot in April 2008.

IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell said McKinney has done a great job at IPFW and sees the position in Valdosta, Ga., as the next step in his career.

“We wish him the best and hope he does very well at Valdosta,” Wartell said Friday.

On Thursday, the head of the Special Regents’ Committee for the presidential search at Valdosta State University announced the group’s recommendation to hire McKinney.

The school’s board of regents will vote on McKinney’s candidacy at a future meeting, according to the University System of Georgia.

Before coming to IPFW, McKinney was the dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

He has undergraduate degrees in history and chemical engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. He received a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science and a doctorate in philosophy of science from Indiana University.

If Valdosta State University’s Board of Regents approves McKinney’s hiring, he will replace Patrick Schloss, who stepped down in June. Louis Levy has served as interim president at Valdosta State for the past nine months.

McKinney’s exit comes at the same time Wartell himself is leaving, forced to retire in June after turning 65 in November.

rgreen@jg.net

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