Saturday, February 03, 2001

Thomas More reopens search for president

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Thomas More College reopened its hunt for a president Friday after the search committee failed to agree on a candidate.

        The search began in mid-2000 after the Rev. William F. Cleves announced he would step aside.

        From 36 applicants, the committee culled three finalists, all laity:

        • Sandra M. Estanek, vice president for student development and dean of students at Alvernia College, Reading, Pa.

        • Joseph F. Gower, vice president of academic affairs at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.

        • Kathleen C. Owens, vice president for academic affairs, St. Francis Universi ty, Loretto, Pa.

        There was no comment indicating why any of the three failed to win consensus.

In December, the college was hoping to make an offer by the end of March and have the new president on the 1,500-student campus at midyear.

        Friday's decision put those targets in doubt.

        Edwin “Ted” Robinson, chairman of the search committee, said “the candidate pool will be examined and/or expanded in an effort to identify those candidates who best meet Thomas More's needs” and “additional candidates will be invited for campus interviews very soon.”

        Father Cleves is to remain until his successor arrives. Then he will become college vice chancellor, return to teaching theology and philosophy, and resume a more traditional priestly ministry.


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