By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
The name of the third candidate on the list of five finalists for the presidency at Fort Hays State University has been released by the Kansas Board of Regents, and it has a western Kansas flair to it.
The public will get the opportunity to meet Gregory Mosier at a 4:30 p.m. meet-and-greet reception Tuesday in the Eagle Communications Hall of Robbins Center on the FHSU campus.
Mosier, who claims Claremore, Okla., and Hoxie as his hometowns, serves as dean of the College of Business at the University of Nevada-Reno.
His parents grew up in Hoxie; his dad, Richard Mosier, is a former president of Colby Community College; and his uncle, Steve Mosier, is a veterinarian in Hays.
Mosier will be in town Tuesday and Wednesday to check out the campus and the city of Hays. He is seeking to become the next president at Fort Hays after longtime President Edward Hammond announced last fall his retirement from that position, effective this summer.
Mosier will tour the campus during the day Tuesday, then greet the public that afternoon.
The 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 numerous campus and community groups — a press conference is scheduled the second day of the candidates' visits. Mosier's press conference is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall.
Mosier is the first male finalist to visit campus. The first two finalists were women — Tisa Mason, current vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays, and Mirta Martin, dean of the School of Business at Virginia State University in Petersburg.
Dates for the public receptions for the remaining two finalists are 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 later this month and taking office July 1.
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.