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Release Date: January 25, 2007

Presidential Finalists Set for Feb. 8-9 Interviews at Angelo State

The four candidates recommended by the Texas State University System (TSUS) Presidential Search Committee as a potential successor to Angelo State University President James Hindman will be on campus Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8-9, for an extensive round of interviews.

The candidates are: Dr. Ronald J. Ambrosetti, provost and dean of St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.; Dr. Donald Coers, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Angelo State University; Dr. Khosrow Fatemi, president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore.; and Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

Each candidate will have a series of meetings with ASU administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as with search committee members and TSUS Chancellor Dr. Charles R. Matthews, who will review input from various university and community constituencies and make his recommendation to the Board of Regents for the new president.

Invited community members, alumni and support group members also will have an opportunity to meet with the candidates during concurrent receptions on the evening of Feb. 8. A complete schedule is available on the university’s Presidential Search website at

Dr. Ambrosetti has been provost and dean of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., since July of 2003. Prior to assuming his current position, he was associate academic vice president at California State University at Dominguez Hills for three years; dean at Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences in Rhode Island for three years; and an associate dean at State University of New York at Fredonia for four years. From 1972 through 1997, he rose through the ranks at SUNY-Fredonia, becoming a full professor and serving at one time as chairman of the Department of English. He has a B.A. in English (1967) from Loyola College in Baltimore and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (1968 and 1973) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with specialties in American literature and the novel.

Dr. Coers has been provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Angelo State University since 2002. Before that, he held several administrative positions at Sam Houston State University, including associate vice president for academic affairs for five years, coordinator of graduate studies and professor of English for three years and interim director of institutional research. From 1969 through 1992, he rose through the ranks at Sam Houston State, becoming a full professor. He earned his B.A (cum laude) and M.A. degrees in English (1963 and 1969) from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. (1974) from Texas A&M University. He is an authority on American novelist John Steinbeck on whose life and work he has authored or edited two books and several articles.

Dr. Fatemi has been president of Eastern Oregon University, enrollment 3,500, since 2004. He served as dean of the campus at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus from 1998 through 2004 and dean of the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of International Trade and Business Administration at Texas A&M International University in Laredo from 1990 through 1998. He started as an assistant professor in 1979 at Middle Tennessee State University and in 1982 became a full professor at A&M International where he remained until 1998. He has a B.A. in business administration and economics (1967) from Abadan Institute of Technology in Iran and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. (1969 and 1972) from the University of Southern California. He has edited a number of books on international business and trade.

 Dr. Rallo has been provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University since 2003. He was director of the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation from 2001 to 2003; dean of the College and Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from 1999 to 2003; and dean of business at Ferris State University in Michigan from 1995 to 1999. He has taught at Rutgers, University of Southern Colorado, Air Force Academy and Michigan Technological University. He has his B.A. (1971) from Lafayette College, his J.D. (1976) from Western New England College, and his M.A and Ph.D. (1978 and 1980) from Syracuse University. His academic areas include the politics of international trade and technology policy in the European Union.

The ASU Presidential Search Committee is chaired by Regent John E. Dudley of Comanche. Two other regents serve on the committee: Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso and Pollyanna A. Stephens of San Angelo. Campus representatives are Nancy G. Allen, Mandy A. Carr, Maurice G. Fortin, S. Murat Kara, Flor L. Madero, John J. Miazga and student Alicia Henry with Alex Yarbrough as student alternate. Community representatives are Nathaniel “Hank” Hankins, Sandra Hawkins Gray and Fred Hernandez, all of San Angelo, and Mario Castillo of Washington, D.C.

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