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Haskell University search for next president extended

June 26, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials are reopening the search for Haskell Indian Nations University president after an initial round of interviews failed to produce a strong candidate.

Officials with the Bureau of Indian Education said Tuesday in Lawrence the position was reopened through Sept. 30. Agency director Tony Dearman said if the right candidate applied, he or she could be hired before Sept. 30.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports nearly 80 people applied in the first round of the search but many of them didn’t have the necessary post-secondary experience.

The president’s job is open after several leadership changes at Haskell beginning in November 2018, when then-President Venida Chenault left for a special assignment with the BIE.

The federal agency will appoint someone soon to be acting president for up to one year.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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