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Last day to submit application for president is January 31, 2024.

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Limestone University Presidential Search Committee Announces 3 Finalists Selected For On-Campus Visits

The Limestone University Presidential Search Committee has selected three finalists who will visit the campus later this month. The three finalists are, in alphabetical order, Dr. Nathan B. Copeland, Vice President of Advancement and Enrollment at Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL); Dr. G. Eric Skipper, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (Bluffton, SC); and Jeremy C. Whitaker, Acting President and Vice President of Finance and Administration at Limestone University (Gaffney, SC).

Limestone University Presidential Search Committee Communication to Campus

March 28, 2024

The Limestone University Presidential Search Committee has been extremely busy during the past three months. I am writing as Search Committee Chair to report on our progress.

Candidate recruitment began in December 2023 with advertising and outreach to higher education leaders across the country. The Committee began reviewing applications in January 2024, and by the application deadline of January 30 we had amassed a strong pool of 103 candidates. We believe this reflects Limestone’s standing within the higher education community and the desire for prominent educational leaders to join the Limestone community.

In February of 2024, the Search Committee thoroughly reviewed and discussed the most promising candidates and selected 20 candidates that we wanted to learn more about. These candidates participated in a leadership assessment that focused on the candidate’s ability to work within Limestone’s cultural, academic, fiscal, and community environments. Following this assessment, eight candidates were invited for continuation interviews. It is especially important that our search remains confidential as our candidates have important positions at their current institutions and we must ensure that their candidacy does not create any professional adversity.

Following the continuation interviews, we anticipate inviting three candidates to visit Limestone in early to mid-April. At that point, the Search Committee will share candidate profiles with the campus community. The campus visits will include open forums where everyone will have an opportunity to meet the candidates, hear their presentations, and ask questions. Everyone will also be able to submit their impression of the candidates electronically to the Search Committee and Board of Trustees.

We appreciate the trust that the Board of Trustees and Limestone’s community has placed in the Presidential Search Committee to conduct the focal responsibility of selecting presidential candidates. We are excited that a myriad of outstanding educational leaders expressed an interest in serving as Limestone’s next president. We look forward to sharing the results of the Search Committee’s candidate selections with the campus in the coming weeks.


Jim Prevost, EdD

Board of Trustees

Chair, Limestone University Presidential Search Committee

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The Limestone University Board of Trustees recently voted to move forward with a search for a new full-time President, and Dr. Jim Prevost was appointed to Chair the committee that will identify and interview potential candidates in the coming months.
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Limestone University’s new President will be selected through an efficient and intensive search process led by the Presidential Search Committee consisting of trustees, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.

October 2023

  • Randall Richardson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, announces during the full Board of Trustees meeting that Limestone’s Presidential Search will begin. 
  • Dr. Jim Prevost named chair of the search committee.
  • The Presidential Search Committee members and Committee Chair are announced during October 2023 faculty meeting.
  • The Presidential Search Committee selected.

November 2023

  • The Presidential Search Committee is announced to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Department of Communications & Marketing releases the position advertisement to the professional journals of choice.
  • The Search Committee determines the timeline, outreach strategies, priorities, and desired characteristics of a potential President.
  • The Search Committee develops and shares the Presidential position profile.
  • The Department of Communications & Marketing develops Presidential search website and application.
  • Candidate recruitment and identification through advertising, correspondence, and solicitation of nominations and direct recruiting of candidates.
  • Board of Trustees briefed on Presidential Search progress.

December 2023

  • The Presidential Search website and Feedback Survey are launched for campus, alumni, and community stakeholders’ participation. Target date December 1, 2023.
  • The Search Committee is provided access to all resumes and nominations submitted for consideration to date through the secure President Search website.
  • The Search Committee meets to update the search timeline.
  • The Search Committee contacts potential candidates in the search networks that their application has been received by the Search committee.
  • The Search Committee will meet in person to select candidates for first-round interviews.
  • Board of Trustees brief on Presidential Search progress.

January – February 2024

  • The Search Committee continues to receive and review candidate applications.
  • Applicants are contacted to confirm receipt of application materials and respond to questions.
  • Review and update the presidential search timeline.
  • Last day to submit application for president is January 31, 2024.
  • First round interview candidates are selected, vetted, and scheduled for interview.
  • Vetted first-round candidates are announced to the Board of Trustees.
  • The Search Committee conducts first-round interviews.
  • Second-round interview candidates are selected and announced to the Board of Trustees.

March 2024

  • Second-round interviews take place on campus.
  • Finalists are selected, undergo an in-depth background check, and are scheduled for an on campus visit and formal interview.
  • Finalists are recommended to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

April 2024

  • Finalists will visit Limestone for formal interviews and visit with campus leadership, faculty, staff, and University stakeholders. Additionally, finalists will meet with City of Gaffney and Cherokee County government leadership.  
  • Presidential candidate is selected and recommended to the Board of Trustees.
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees announces the President-Elect.
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