Search to replace Augusta State's Bloodworth hasn't begun

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The search for a leader to replace Augusta State University President William Bloodworth when he steps down in May has not yet been launched, according to University System of Georgia spokesman John Millsaps.

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Augusta State University President William Bloodworth will step down in May and he will become a professor of English and American Studies in January 2013.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Augusta State University President William Bloodworth will step down in May and he will become a professor of English and American Studies in January 2013.

In August, Bloodworth announced his plans to leave the presidency at the end of this academic year to return to teaching. He said he wanted to give the university plenty of time to conduct a search so that there would be a smooth transition between presidents and no need for an interim.

Millsaps said it is unclear when the university system will begin a search for ASU because there are seven schools in the state that are also waiting to fill presidential vacancies.

“We’ve got a number of searches under way right now, and we have to be careful how we manage those because you want to do the search the right way,” Millsaps said. “You can’t have too many going on at one time.”

If a new president is not chosen by the end of this academic year, Bloodworth said, he would be willing to postpone his departure so the school doesn’t have to be in limbo.

“It’s a complicated process,” Bloodworth said. “It’s better for the school to have one change,” instead of going through an interim president, Bloodworth said.

TO BEGIN THE process, Uni­versity System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby must appoint a campus search committee at ASU, con­sisting of student representatives, faculty, staff, community members and alumni.

The campus committee sometimes meets with an outside search firm to narrow down what the university is looking for – “What does the (school) feel the next president should be focusing on, what are you looking for, what kind of president do they want?” Millsaps said.

After the committee gathers a candidate pool, the school representatives for­ward a list of unranked can­didates to the Board of Re­gents, which then narrows down the field.

“They have some pretty wide parameters,” Millsaps said. “They can add someone, or they can go back to the campus committee and say ‘We think we need to enlarge this pool.’ The process needs to get the best candidates.”

A search has to be done at the school’s own pace, and Millsaps said there is no standard timetable for how long searches should take.

It’s not uncommon for interim presidents to serve for months or a year at a time, which occurred at Gordon College in Barnesville when the school took on an interim president in August 2010 and appointed a permanent leader only this month.

In his State of the Univer­sity address in August, Blood­worth said he hoped the university will find a replacement quickly.

WHEN HE RETIRES, Blood­worth will have completed his 19th year as president at ASU. In January 2013, he will become a professor of English and American Studies at the university.

Bloodworth is credited with advancing ASU in technology and infrastructure and transforming it from a commuter school to one with student housing that is expanding.

In his time at ASU, Blood­worth has overseen $103 million in construction projects and led the expansion of the campus with the new $27 million academic building planned for Damascus Road.

In the end, though, Blood­worth said he wants to return to where he said he feels he can make the biggest impact on young lives: teaching at the front of the classroom.

“I love to teach, but I also love being president,” Blood­worth said. “Either way I’ll be doing something I love.”

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/20/11 - 03:12 pm
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Wanna know who will be the

Wanna know who will be the next president? Ricky Ricardo Azzuzu! The Regents will combine the two schools and make him the pres of both!! Won't he be happy! That power grabbing monger.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/20/11 - 03:38 pm
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That's not a bad idea, Sweet

That's not a bad idea, Sweet Son. Consolidation really worked well for the city. One problem will be that the consolidation will require a new name and hence a new study to find the new name for the school.

How about Augusta National University South

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/20/11 - 03:58 pm
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How about not. His plate is

How about not. His plate is plenty full.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 12/20/11 - 04:24 pm
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How about the University of

How about the University of Georgia- Augusta? we have USC-Aiken.
Their diplomas are the same ones they hand out in Columbia.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/20/11 - 04:29 pm
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Good call, Sweet Son.
Unpublished

Good call, Sweet Son. However, I don't expect your post to stay here much longer. The great man takes himself rather seriously and your description of him as a "power grabbing monger" is likely to trigger some sort of official communication between GHSU's legal department and this publication, should this article be brought to his attention.

You ought to immerse yourself more deeply in the wisdom of "El Presidente" in order to appreciate his leadership skills. I recommend a thorough reading of his blog which can be accessed through the GHSU web site. Ponder deeply on his thoughts. There's food there for much discussion and if you don't find it to be so then it can always double as a cure for insomnia.

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Willow Bailey 12/20/11 - 05:42 pm
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Why is ASU history,

Why is ASU history, enrollment down or what? I really have a hard time believing they are totally lying, but what do I know. I know someone to ask though.

Warrior
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Warrior 12/20/11 - 07:15 pm
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Dr. Gordon Eisenman is a good

Dr. Gordon Eisenman is a good choice. He's been at ASU for years. He was the dean of edu & he's an excellent instructor. Just a thought......

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Riverman1 12/21/11 - 12:46 am
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I, Riverman, am applying for

I, Riverman, am applying for the position of President of Augusta State University. I have a vision for Augusta State working with the city to create an urban university that enhances and takes advantage of the city resources. University buildings will hopscotch out from the present campus rejuvenating the city as it spreads. Dormitories will be built in the city instead off the Wrightsboro Rd campus, bringing thousands of residents into the city.

I would continue to work with GHSU with the goal of keeping the Augusta State name. Why couldn’t the medical school be the ASU Medical School? That would enhance the prestige of the school considerably.

Ensure ASU students are properly prepared and streamlined for admission to the medical school. That could significantly increase the number of academically superior students applying for admission.

Athletics are such an important part of major universities and ASU has the ability to be a successful big time basketball program. The city is big enough, the area has quality athletes and the JB Arena would be glad to have big games. Making the decision to go D-1 would require local government’s help, private sector sponsorship and a commitment by local sport’s fans.

Hire me and I’ll also coach the golf team, women’s basketball team, rowing team and be the school public relations person, too.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/21/11 - 12:23 am
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After you become president,

After you become president, RM, I would like to apply to head the Science and Music departments. It would be an honor to work for you.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/21/11 - 12:47 am
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LL, you will head the Science

LL, you will head the Science and Music departments. Plus you will coach the volleyball team.

JM88
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JM88 12/21/11 - 01:19 am
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"He will not even speak when

"He will not even speak when seen around campus"

I have no idea what you're talking about. Dr. Bloodworth is very friendly and accessible. I have done interviews with him, and he is always willing to speak to anyone who asks.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/21/11 - 11:47 am
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If not starting something

If not starting something rates a big news story with headline, byline, photos and the whole schmear, how big a story must it be when they actually do begin the job search?

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