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Former Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine, now an attorney in private practice in Jamestown, is among four finalists for the presidency of Fredonia State College, the Presidential Search Committee announced Wednesday.

"I was nominated by the faculty and am actively exploring the possibility," he told The Buffalo News. Calling himself a "non-traditional kind of candidate" because his background is in politics, Lundine, 57, said that taking such a position would mean that "I would be finishing with politics."

Christine Davis Mantai, college spokeswoman, said of Lundine: "He is an individual who has demonstrated simply outstanding leadership and political skills across the spectrum and therefore offers a good candidacy for president, even though he is from a non-traditional background."

Candidates besides Lundine are:

Thomas C. Longin, provost of Ithaca College.

Dennis L. Hefner, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Kay Schallenkamp, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

They were chosen from among 140 applicants, including 79 who had applied for the position last year during the original search for a new president, Ms. Mantai said. That search did not yield a president because of the resignation of State University of New York Chancellor Thomas A. Bartlett and related activities in Albany.

Each of the new candidates is scheduled to spend two days on campus: Longin, Oct. 24-25; Hefner, Oct. 28-29; Ms. Schallenkamp, Oct. 30-31; and Lundine, Nov. 4-5.

The search committee will make recommendations to the College Council, which then will make a recommendation to SUNY's chancellor and board of trustees. The board will make the appointment.

The individual chosen will succeed Donald A. MacPhee, who retired July 31 after 11 years as president of the college. Dallas K. Beal, president from 1972 to 1985, has been serving as interim president.

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