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Droge fourth candidate for FHSU presidency

4/6/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

The fourth of five candidates for the presidency at Fort Hays State University will be in town this week.

And it's another 'M.'

The name of the fourth finalist, Michael Droge, was announced at noon Sunday. Coincidentally, the last names of the first three candidates all began with 'M' — Mason, Martin and Mosier.

Droge will appear at a 4:30 p.m. meet-and-greet reception open to the public Monday in Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus, also the site of a Tuesday morning news conference.

Droge, who grew up on a farm near Leawood, currently serves as president of Park University, a private college in Parkville, Mo., that operates 40 campus centers in 21 states and serves more than 20,000 students.

Droge will be in town Tuesday as well to check out the university campus and the city of Hays. He is seeking to become the next president at Fort Hays after long-time President Edward Hammond announced last fall his retirement from that position, effective this summer.

Droge will tour the campus during the day Monday, then greet the public that afternoon.

The Kansas Board of Regents releases each candidate's name at noon on the day prior to their campus visit.

Following the tour and reception on Day 1 — when the finalists meet with numerous campus and community groups — a press conference is scheduled the second day of the candidates' visits. Droge's press conference is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall.

Finalist No. 5 will conclude the three-week process, visiting campus Thursday and Friday.

The search committee will submit its candidate recommendations to the Kansas Board of Regents at the conclusion of the campus visits. The board anticipates naming the new president later this month, with he or she taking office July 1.

The next president will be only the ninth in the 112-year history of Fort Hays. Hammond is FHSU's longest tenured president at 27 years.

The first three candidates were Tisa Mason, current vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays; Mirta Martin, dean of the School of Business at Virginia State University in Petersburg; and Gregory Mosier, dean of the business school at the University of Nevada-Reno.