University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 27, 2014
Contact: Bob Lowry
Interim Director of Public Relations
University of South Alabama
(251) 460-6211



The University of South Alabama Board of Trustees today announced a finalist being considered to serve as USA’s next president.

The finalist for the position has emerged from the search process involving a special board-appointed search committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters of the University. More than 130 nominees and applicants from across the nation have been identified during the search.

The finalist is:
  • Dr. Tony G. Waldrop, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of Central Florida,
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The candidate is on campus for a visit with leaders of University constituent groups. An open public forum has been scheduled for 5 p.m., Friday, January 31 in USA's Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters, and the public are invited to the forum.

“We want to encourage everyone who can to come to the forum, listen and ask questions of this finalist,” said USA Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Steve Furr. “Afterward, as has been the case throughout our search, there will be opportunities to answer survey questions which will greatly help in our selection of the University’s next leader.”

Information about the search process and finalist is available from the USA Presidential Search page, and the USA home page,

USA’s next president will succeed the late Gordon Moulton, who retired July 1, 2013 after 15 years as president. Dr. John W. Smith has served as acting president.



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