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Medaille College presidential search down to four candidates

The first of four candidates to become the next president of Medaille College interviewed on campus Monday with faculty, staff, students and alumni.

James F. Birge, past president of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, received a tour of the Buffalo campus and was spending much of the day in meetings with various campus groups. Birge was named president of Franklin Pierce in 2009 and announced last August his intent to resign. He served in the post until January, when Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush, took over.

Medaille is seeking a successor to Richard T. Jurasek, 67, who announced in October he would retire this summer. With the help of a consultant, a search committee of trustees, faculty and staff began recruiting candidates in February.

The other candidates being considered are: Kenneth M. Macur, provost and dean of the college at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.; James M. Ostrow, vice president for academic affairs of Lasell College in Newton, Mass.; and Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona.

Macur is scheduled to be on campus Wednesday, followed by Ostrow on May 4 and Womack on May 11.

The next president will be the seventh in Medaille’s history.

Jurasek, president of the college since 2007, declined a contract extension from the college’s board of trustees last year, citing unspecified health reasons for choosing not to continue.