Four Finalists Chosen For USM Presidency

A University of Southern Mississippi professor is among four finalists to become the president of USM.

The state College Board revealed the names of the finalists Thursday.

They are Stan Albrecht, vice president and provost of Utah State University; Ann Weaver Hart, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont. Calif.; Terry Hickey, senior vice president and provost at the University of Akron; and Shelby Thames, of Hattiesburg, a polymer researcher and professor at USM.

The finalists will visit Southern Miss' Hattiesburg and Long Beach campuses the week of April 7.

The new president will succeed Horace Fleming, who resigned in July. Former USM president Aubrey Lucas came out of retirement to head the university until a new president could be selected.