By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Another candidate vying to become the next president at Fort Hays State University will be in Hays on Thursday and Friday to check out the campus and the community.
The public will get a chance to meet Mirta Martin, the second finalist on campus this week, at a 4:30 p.m. meet-and-greet Thursday in the Fort Hays Ballroom on the second floor of FHSU's Memorial Union.
Martin serves as dean of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University.
According to a release from the Kansas Board of Regents, Martin is a native of Havana, Cuba, who received her bachelor's degree from Duke University, a master's from the University of Richmond and her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Martin is one of five finalists for Fort Hays' top position, created after longtime FHSU President Edward Hammond last fall announced his retirement from that position, effective this summer.
Martin will tour the campus during the day Thursday, then greet the public that afternoon.
The Kansas Board of Regents releases each candidate's name at noon the day prior to their campus visit.
Following the tour and reception on Day 1 — when the finalists meet with campus and community groups — a morning press conference is scheduled the second day of the candidates' visits. Martin's press conference is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall.
Tisa Mason, current vice president of student affairs at FHSU — was the first finalist to meet the public earlier this week. Dates for the public receptions for the remaining three finalists are April 1, April 7 and 10.
The search committee will submit its candidate recommendations to the Kansas Board of Regents at the conclusion of the campus visits. The board anticipates naming the ninth president of FHSU by late April.
The next president will be only the ninth in the 112-year history of Fort Hays. Hammond is FHSU's longest tenured president at 27 years.