First of 5 CSU presidential candidates speaks at open forum

CSU candidate for President

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dr. Randy Hanna addressed a crowd of a couple dozen people Monday, March 2, at the Columbus State University Riverside Theatre Complex answering questions as to why he should become CSU's fifth president.

"I have a love of student success and a love for working with students," says Hanna.

Hanna admits he has a nontraditional background. He was most recently the chancellor of the Florida College System since 2011. Hanna resigned at the end of 2014 to pursue a university presidency, and returned to work at Tallahassee law firm.

"I believe I bring a unique combination of experience in higher education, business, law, finance, economic development, governmental advocacy that could serve the university well. Also, it is a pretty cool place to live," explains Hanna.

A Florida native, Hanna received his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Florida State University, a MBA from Emory University.

He says he would be committed to working with students, faculty and staff, while forming relationships with groups at the local and state level.

"I want to be on a campus because the greatest difference can be made on a campus. I've served at the state level; I've also served at the local level on three institutional boards. The biggest difference is being made at the local lever, working with the faculty where you can see the direct impact on students," explains Hanna.

During the session, faculty members asked what Hanna sees at CSU's challenges.

Hanna responded competing with other institutions, improving student success and increasing faculty and staff compensation.

He promises transparency and openness.

"I would encourage us to have open forums for people to bring forth their ideas and to hear the ideas and make sure they know there are competing demands," says Hanna.

The dates and the candidates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2 PM and 3:30 PM: Dr. Al Romero, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
  • Monday, March 9, 2 PM and 3:30 PM: Dr. Chris Markwood, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2 PM and 3:30 PM: Dr. Carl Stockton, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX
  • Monday, March 16, 2 PM and 3:30 PM: Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI

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