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APSU Board of Trustees names Dr. Michael Licari as University’s 11th president

The Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Michael Licari as the University’s 11th president during a special meeting on Dec. 21. Licari currently serves as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Indiana State University.

"I am honored and excited to serve as Austin Peay State University’s next president," Licari said. "Starting from a position of strength, APSU is ready to move forward as it serves students, the local community, and the state of Tennessee. Austin Peay transforms lives, providing students from many different backgrounds and experiences an opportunity to earn a degree and achieve their career and life goals. I am also excited to work to deepen the connection of APSU to the local community and the state of Tennessee. All of this is the very work that energizes and motivates me. Throughout my career, I have sought out the very things that Austin Peay is doing so well, so this is a perfect fit for me." 

"Kirsten and I are thrilled to join the Austin Peay family, and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone on campus and in the wider community. Everyone has been so welcoming! We are excited to call Clarksville 'home' and to get involved in the community!"

Dr. Alisa White, the University’s 10th president, left Austin Peay in August to assume the presidency of Sam Houston State University in Texas. The University quickly appointed a 23-member Presidential Search Committee, and it partnered with Storbeck Search, a nationally recognized search firm serving higher education, to conduct a national search for Austin Peay’s next president.

“I am confident that the APSU Board of Trustees has chosen an outstanding 11th president in Dr. Michael Licari,” Mike O’Malley, chair of the search committee and chair of APSU’s Board of Trustees, said. “He is an experienced and proven leader who will help guide the institution with distinction and a spirit of innovation in the years to come. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to Dr. Licari and his wife Kirsten to Clarksville!”

The committee narrowed down a list of highly qualified candidates to three finalists – Licari, Dr. Jaime Taylor, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Marshall University; and Dannelle Whiteside, interim president of Austin Peay who previously served as the University’s vice president for legal affairs.

“On the heels of a successful process that began more than four months ago, I would like to thank my colleagues on the presidential search committee for their exceptional work during extraordinary times,” O’Malley said. “We considered over 100 talented applicants from across the country for Austin Peay's presidency. A detailed search profile was developed with broad input from all of the University's constituent groups. Thoughtful consideration was given to candidates' CV’s and letters of interest. The committee conducted first- and second-round interviews and spoke with references to learn more about our leading candidates. From that extensive due diligence emerged three finalists, all gifted in their own ways. It was evident during their campus visits and interviews that all three finalists were exceptional.”

As provost at Indiana State University, Licari oversees all academic functions of that university, as well as enrollment management and university marketing. This includes 34 academic departments housed in five colleges – Arts & Sciences, Health & Human Services, the Scott College of Business, Bayh College of Education and the College of Technology.

Licari earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on public administration in 1997, a Master of Arts in Political Science, also from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in 1994, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 1993.

December 9, 2020 - Dr. Michael Licari - CV and Cover Letter

Open Forum with Staff and Retired Staff
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom 
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/83609290629

Open Forum with Students
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Room 303-305
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/81498306231

Open Forum with Faculty and Retired Faculty
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/82080634533

Open Forum with the Public (Community, Alumni, etc.)
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/89902937752

 

December 10, 2020 - Dr. Jaime Taylor - CV and Cover Letter

Open Forum with Staff and Retired Staff
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom 
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/83609290629

Open Forum with Students
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Room 303-305
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/81498306231

Open Forum with Faculty and Retired Faculty
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/82080634533

Open Forum with the Public (Community, Alumni, etc.)
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/89902937752

 

December 11, 2020 - Interim President Dannelle Whiteside - CV and Cover Letter

Open Forum with Staff and Retired Staff
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom 
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/83609290629

Open Forum with Students
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Room 303-305
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/81498306231

Open Forum with Faculty and Retired Faculty
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/82080634533

Open Forum with the Public (Community, Alumni, etc.)
2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morgan University Center Ballroom
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/89902937752

Presidential Search Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
https://apsu.zoom.us/j/93560907043

Meeting Notice:

The Austin Peay State University Presidential Search Committee will host its first meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, on Zoom. To watch the meeting live, visit https://apsu.zoom.us/j/93560907043.

During this meeting, the committee will discuss the presidential search process, including but not limited to the charge of the search committee, confidentiality, communication plans, timelines and processes. Last month, the University’s Board of Trustees established a 23-member search committee – made up of APSU faculty, staff, students and alumni, along with trustees, community members and civic leaders – to help find a highly qualified individual to serve as the University’s 11th president.

Earlier this summer, Dr. Alisa White, APSU’s 10th president, was named the new president of Sam Houston State University in Texas. On Aug. 10, Dannelle Whiteside, APSU vice president of Legal Affairs, became the University’s interim president. 

As part of the search process, the APSU board also contracted with Storbeck Search & Associates to conduct the national search. For more information on the search, contact Dr. McCartney Johnson, interim secretary of the board, at andrewsmn@apsu.edu

 An inclusive Presidential Search Committee composed of 23 members has been established, representing the University’s multiple constituencies. The committee includes representatives of the faculty, staff, student body, alumni/ae community, civic leadership, and the Board of Trustees. The members, beyond myself, include:

 

Mr. Michael (Mike) O’Malley, Chair
APSU Board of Trustees Chairman

Mr. Billy Atkins, Vice Chair
APSU Board of Trustees

Ms. Katherine Cannata
APSU Board of Trustees Vice Chair

Ms. Abbey Hogan
APSU Board of Trustees Student Trustee

Ms. Keri McInnis
APSU Board of Trustees
APSU Alumna 1995

Brig. Gen. Robin Mealer
APSU Board of Trustees
APSU Alumna 2000

Dr. Mickey Wadia
APSU Board of Trustees Faculty Trustee

Ms. Elaine Berg
Faculty Representative
Professor of Library Sciences

Dr. Harold Young
Faculty Representative
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Management

Mr. Kito Aruh
Student Representative
President, Student Government Association

Ms. Hannah Allen
Staff Representative
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration
APSU Alumna 2018

Ms. Vanessya Fountain
Staff Representative
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
APSU Alumna 2002

Ms. Megan Mitchell
Staff Representative
Staff Senate President
Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
APSU Alumna 2014

Mr. Gerald Harrison
Administrative Representative
Director of Athletics

Dr. Kristine Nakutis
Administrative Representative
Executive Director of Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell

Mr. Kris Phillips
Administrative Representative
Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Alumni Relations
APSU Alumnus 1991

Mr. Mike Krause
Alumni Representative
Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
APSU Alumnus 2007

Mr. Joe Shakeenab
Alumni Representative
National Alumni Association President
APSU Alumnus 2004

Mr. Jim Durrett
Community Leader Representative
Mayor of Montgomery County

Mr. Joe Pitts
Community Leader Representative
Mayor of the City of Clarksville
APSU Alumnus 1980

Mr. Jeff Bibb
Community-At-Large Representative
Owner of JV Bibb – Consulting/PR
APSU Alumnus 1976

Mr. Joe Maynard
Community-At-Large Representative
CEO and Majority Owner, Echo Power Engineering

Ms. Khandra Smalley
Community-At-Large Representative
Senior Vice President of Marketing Research, F&M Bank
APSU Alumna 2005

 

Presidential Search Timeline

As of September 1, 2020 – Please consider this document a draft.
The timeline may be changed as circumstances related to COVID-19 evolve.

Download or print timeline

Location: Zoom/Phone calls

Site visit is conducted – consultants meet with Board of Trustees members and key campus constituents, seeking to learn more about the institution, the challenges and opportunities for the next president, and the desired attributes of the candidate of choice. Stakeholder Survey is shared with campus.



First search committee meeting held. Discuss charge from the Board, confidentiality, communication plan, timeline, and process.

Committee finalizes position specification via email.

Storbeck Search builds candidate pool.

Meeting #2 - Late September or Early October - Zoom

Committee meets for a progress update and to discuss the contents of the candidate portal.

Meeting #3 - Late October - Zoom

Committee selects 8-10 candidates for first-round interviews. Discusses interview strategies.

Meeting #4 - Early November - Location TBD

Committee conducts first-round interviews; selects 3-5 candidates for referencing and second-round interviews. Discusses referencing strategies.

Referencing is conducted.

Meeting #5 - Late November - Location TBD

Committee conducts second-round interviews, discusses referencing results, and selects finalists for finalist interviews.

The finalists visit campus with spouses or significant others (if applicable) to meet with various constituencies, possibly including Board of Trustees members.

Meeting #6 - By mid-December - Location TBD

Committee meets to discuss feedback on the candidates and to develop its report for the Board.

Board of Trustees selects next president. Contract details are negotiated. Public announcement and celebration follow.