The Southeastern Presidential Search Committee recently selected five semifinalists to interview for the school’s top post.

“The search committee has fulfilled the first part of its mission by narrowing the field to a group of semifinalists with specific qualifications to lead Southeastern Louisiana University,” Committee Chair and System President Jim Henderson said. “We look forward to meeting the candidates next week and recommending finalists to the UL System Board.”

The semifinalists are:

  • Joseph Odenwald, President, Southwestern Michigan College
  • Mary Parker, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida
  • Eric Summers, Vice President for Student Affairs, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Sebastian van Delden, Dean, School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, The College of Charleston
  • William Wainwright, Chancellor, Northshore Technical Community College

These semifinalists will visit campus for interviews with various constituent groups April 17-18. This is an opportunity for stakeholders to interact with candidates and provide feedback to the Search Committee.

The Search Committee will interview each of the semifinalists and meet to select finalists April 18 at 5 p.m. Candidates will be available to media following their Search Committee interviews. A full schedule of on-campus interviews can be found here.

All information regarding the search is posted at

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