A Kansas University professor is one of eight finalists for the presidency of Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.
H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene distinguished professor of public administration, said today that he was nominated for the position and received a call about a month ago from Marshall.
"It's been a long courtship," he said.
Frederickson said Marshall, the second-largest university in West Virginia, is an urban institution and compared the school to Wichita State University. He said Marshall was established more than 100 years ago as a teacher's college.
Marshall now has a medical school as well as schools of fine arts, business, education, science and liberal arts. Frederickson said the school, which has an enrollment of 12,500, is in the early stages of developing several doctoral programs.
Frederickson, who originally is from Idaho, has been at KU for about four years. He was president of Eastern Washington University, which has campuses in Cheney and Spokane, from 1977 to 1987.
He earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University, a master's degree in public administration from University of California at Los Angeles and a doctoral degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.