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July 29, 2014

Friends University assembles search committee to find new president

Friends University has finalized its search committee to replace T.J. Arant, who resigned as president in March.

Friends University has finalized its search committee to replace T.J. Arant, who resigned as president in March.

According to a news release, the university has opened the search committee to professionals outside of Friends’ immediate network, “persons removed from intimacy with their campus, yet committed to the larger vision of Friends University and individually motivated by Christian discipline.”

Search committee members include John Lewis, chair of Friends’ board of trustees; Craig Bay, customer advocate for NetApp; Fred Berry, chairman emeritus of Berry Cos.; Robert Casper, owner and president of Ethanol Products; Randy Doerksen, vice president of administration and finance at Friends; Lynn Ghormley, retired music educator; Leatha Hein, co-owner of Hein Lawn Service; Cliff Loesch, pastor of University Friends Church; Jana McKay Mullen, co-owner of Casado-McKay; Steve Neu, chair of the Friends University Staff Assembly; Carole Obermeyer, vice president of student affairs at Friends; David Rogers, partner with Foulston Siefkin; Patrick Sehl Jr., university chaplain, and Karyn Turla, director of the health sciences program at Friends.

Darcy Zabel, an English professor at the university, has served as interim president since Arant’s resignation. She is the first woman to hold the position of president, according to the news release.

The group will start seeking candidates in the fall, according to the committee’s website, www.friendsuniversitypresidentialsearch.com.

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