The three finalists for the president’s post at Fitchburg State University will visit in early December for a series of forums for campus constituencies and the public.
The university’s Board of Trustees is expected to select the institution’s 11th president later in the month. The finalists were selected from a pool of more than 85 applicants by a search committee including representation from students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the community.
President Robert V. Antonucci is retiring in June after 12 years at Fitchburg State.
During their two-day visits, each candidate will meet with representatives from the student body, faculty, administration, as well as the state Department of Higher Education. There will also be sessions designed for members of the public.
- Dr. Carol M. Bresnahan will meet with the public from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Dr. Bresnahan is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Rollins College. Dr. Bresnahan completed her PhD in history from Brown University in 1986. Before starting work at Rollins College in 2011, where she is also a tenured professor of history, Dr. Bresnahan was provost and executive vice president at the College of New Jersey and also worked as vice provost for academic programs and policies at the University of Toledo.
- Dr. Richard S. Lapidus will meet with the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Dr. Lapidus is the dean of the College of Business Administration at California Polytechnic University. Dr. Lapidus completed his PhD in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991 and a certificate in management and leadership in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012. He has worked at California State Polytechnic University since 2009, and prior to that posting was associate dean of administration at the College of Business and Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- Dr. Beverly A. Kopper will meet with the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Dr. Kopper is provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Kopper completed her PhD in psychology from Iowa State University in 1988 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, along with a master’s in social work. Also at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she has worked since 2010, she served as interim chancellor as well as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.