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Catawba College Announces Members of Presidential Search Committee

August 2, 2011

Category: Staff

Members of Catawba College's Presidential Search Committee were announced today by Mr. Paul Fisher, Chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees. The Committee, chaired by Trustee Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, has begun a national search for the college's 23rd president.

Members of the Presidential Search Committee include Catawba Trustees Pat McCrory, Greg Alcorn, Nancy Councill, Deborah Messinger, Bob Arnold, Shuford Abernethy, Barbara Marshall, and Gary Elkins, who serves as chair of the Catawba College Board of Visitors and is a liaison to the Board of Trustees; Catawba faculty members Drs. Michael Bitzer and Rhonda Truitt; and Catawba staff member Ben Smith.   Coleman Lew & Associates in Charlotte will assist the Presidential Search Committee in its work. Ken Carrick, president of that firm, is a Catawba College alumnus.

"We appreciate the willingness of these individuals to assist in this very important process of finding Catawba College's 23rd president," Fisher said. "Having Dr. Joseph Oxendine on board at Catawba as our president during the interim allows the committee to spend the time necessary to find only the most qualified candidates for this position."

Catawba College, located in Salisbury, N.C., is a private, co-educational, residential college, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and offering Bachelor's and Master's degrees to traditional and non-traditional students. The college, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, further serves the public through educational outreach and volunteer service programs for the world community. Catawba has 18 men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams that compete in NCAA Division II as a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

For more information concerning the Catawba presidential search, please contact Bill Graham at or Ken Carrick, president, Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc. at


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