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Jackson out of running for FHSU presidency

4/30/2014

By The Hays Daily News

People in the Hays area have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next president at Fort Hays State University after five finalists visited campus and the Hays community during a three-week period in March and April.

This much they can count on: The ninth president at FHSU won't be Tom Jackson IV.

Jackson, vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville since 2007, earlier today was named president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Another of the five finalists, Michael Droge, also is a finalist for the head job at another university -- chancellor at Montana State University in Billings. Droge is president at Park University, a private four-year college in Parkville, Mo.

The Kansas Board of Regents has said all along the announcement for the FHSU president would come sometime this week. The regents began the search for a new president after Edward Hammond last fall announced his retirement from the presidency, effective this summer.

Hammond, who came to FHSU -- coincidentally from the University of Louisville -- in 1987, will stay on at Fort Hays as a consultant.