Finalist from Indiana recommended to become new Valdosta State University president

The Regents search committee announced this morning that William J. McKinney is the finalist for the next president of Valdosta State University.

From the University System:

McKinney is currently vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a position he has held since 2008. In this post, McKinney oversees an annual $70 million budget and is responsible for more than 400 full time and almost 400 part-time faculty.

He also has overseen a 33 percent increase in sponsored research grants and contracts during his tenure, fueled in part by McKinney’s creation of new positions for research, community engagement, and sponsored programs.

Prior to his work at IPFW, McKinney was dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa. (2001-2008) and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo. (1997-2001). He has taught at these three institutions, as well as the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

As a result of his work in the area of academics and university management, in 2009 McKinney was picked as one of 25 members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ national “Red Balloon Project.” The group was charged with developing a new approach to undergraduate education that is responsive to public demands for greater accountability in higher education results in a new era of reduced state funding.

McKinney has been active in the work of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, serving on the national board of directors and in various volunteer roles. He also has been a member and held leadership positions in a range of local, state and national organizations, including Leadership Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana Aging and In-Home Services, and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

He earned a bachelor of arts in history and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. Both of his advanced degrees were earned at Indiana University in Bloomington: a master’s degree in history and the philosophy of science and a doctorate in the philosophy of science.

A national search was launched to replace VSU president Dr. Patrick Schloss, who stepped down on June 30, 2011. Dr. Louis Levy has served as interim president since Schloss stepped down. The Board of Regents is expected to vote on McKinney’s candidacy at a future meeting.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

8 comments Add your comment

carlosgvv

March 30th, 2012
11:02 am

I hope he’s not any kin to the Atlanta McKinneys.

Beverly Fraud

March 30th, 2012
11:05 am

“Prior to his work at IPFW, McKinney was dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.”

Overall, I must admit McKinney has an impressive academic background, and work experience to boot. However I am LESS than impressed at the success of Slippery Rock on the gridiron, thus given our academic priorities here in Georgia, I’m not convinced he’s a good “fit”.

Before a formal offer, I’d be more comfortable if he could, WITHOUT NOTES, compare/contrast Buck Belue’s Valdosta High career with his Bulldog career, and given his philosophy background, use said argument to prove the existence of God.

Just to make sure HIS priorities are consistent with that of Georgians.

I Like This

March 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

I’ve never heard od this guy but I like the way this sounds (from his bio) “The group was charged with developing a new approach to undergraduate education that is responsive to public demands for greater accountability in higher education results in a new era of reduced state funding.”
Now, that’s definitely something we need in GA.
GM

Proud Educator

March 30th, 2012
7:01 pm

I nominate Beverly Fraud as blogger of the year!

bootney farnsworth

March 31st, 2012
12:14 am

community engagement. code for enforced labor by students on their professor’s pet social program in order to pass said class.

that lunacy is killing GPC, so now lets spread the disease to Valdosta.

Mickey Blue Eyes

March 31st, 2012
6:20 pm

Hi Beverly Fraud, I actually know him from a long time ago, and he is a good man. He’s a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so you should feel good about his interest in athletics and football. He’s a philosopher and a scientist in training but he is certainly a Godly man, so don’t worry about the religion concern you expressed. I also don’t worry about the community engagement bootney farnsworth expressed – that kind of community engagement can be done validly in any number of ways (think of things like Habitat for Humanity, your local Chamber of Commerce, sorority and fraternity fundraising philanthropy events, interning in your local government – those are all community engagement avenues that transcend political parties.) VSU has an office of volunteer opportunities under student affairs that does that kind of thing all the time and transcripts students’ community service events so they have a list when they graduate. He’s a good choice who will be friendly and work with the community. No worries about him for me.

Vesi

April 1st, 2012
7:01 am

We at IUPU Fort Wayne are happy to seem him go. Our loss is our gain. It is obvious that he has not been vetted properly, e.g the claim of 33% increase in sponsored research has nothing to do with what he has done here. Best luck to you guys, you are going to need it.

Peter

April 1st, 2012
3:08 pm

In reply to Vesi: One thing that presidential candidates all seem to do is present the achievements of their underlings as if they were the work of the candidate alone. If there is something all presidential search committees in the Georgia State System should do better, it is vetting candidates carefully and not rely only on the words presented by search firms and headhunters.