Current president Doug Hastad set to retire in June


It's still an open question who will succeed Doug Hastad as president of Carroll University.

But the college is apparently narrowing in on some candidates about two months after its first choice, Sara Ray Stoelinga, abruptly withdrew from the position.

In an email to Carroll staff Friday, April 20, search committee chairman Jim Delong said the college's search firm, Myers McRae, has identified a group of semifinalists who have been invited to Milwaukee for off-site interviews with the committee.

"We expect to select two or three finalists from that group who would then be invited to visit Carroll’s campus," Delong wrote.

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Jess Owens, Carroll's senior public relations strategist, said she did not know the names of the semifinalists, but expected that the finalist names would be made public once they're chosen.

Any candidate selected for the position would likely have to hit the ground running. Hastad, who has helmed the university for more than a decade, is retiring in June.

Stoelinga was named as Hastad's successor in November and would have been the first female president in the school's 170-year history. She was expected to start in July.

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Hastad became Carroll's president in 2006 and has presided over more than $100 million in renovations to campus facilities. He also oversaw the school's transition from Carroll College to Carroll University. In February, the college announced it will name its new nursing center after him and his wife, Nancy.

His departure will come about a month after the school sends off its latest class of graduates.

Carroll's spring commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 14. More than 670 students at the private, liberal-arts college will receive diplomas.

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