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Chance to Meet WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Candidate

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RICHLAND, Wash. -Could WSU Tri-Cities be meeting their new chancellor Friday? It is a possibility. The school's 17 member search committee is beginning their preliminary interview process for the new chancellor. The Committee didn't announce how many candidates they have so far, but they say it's more than three.

The first candidate, Dr. Karla Hughes will be interviewed on Friday. Hughes is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehead State University near Lexington, Kentucky.

Morehead State enrolls about 11,000 students and has 1,100 full-time employees. Before joining Morehead State in February 2007, Hughes was founding dean of the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She earned her Ph.D. in agriculture, majoring in animal science, from the University of Tennessee and her bachelor and master of science degrees in nutrition from Kansas State University. In 2005-06, she was a fellow in the American Council on Education's yearlong executive leadership program for higher education. During the forum,

Hughes will make a presentation about community partnerships, campus engagement and the chancellors role. The audience will have time to ask questions. Campus and community members are invited to meet Karla V. Hughes during a forum 12:10-1:15 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

"After the search committee goes through the interview process with each finalist, then obviously there's negotiations for contracts that take place. We're expecting to see a new chancellor here by July 1st," said WSU Tri-Cities Spokesperson Melissa Perdue.