Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Board Selects 3 Finalists to Lead; among Them Is a Former Dolphins Basketball Player

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Board Selects 3 Finalists to Lead; among Them Is a Former Dolphins Basketball Player

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Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks

The next president of Jacksonville University will be either a research administrator from Texas, a director from the American Council on Education or a former student-athlete who has served on the JU board since 2009.

The board announced the three finalists Thursday.

They are:

- John M. Beehler, vice president for research, economic development and public engagement for the University of North Texas at Dallas.

- Jayne Marie Comstock, on sabbatical from Butler University in Indianapolis and now working as director of the executive leadership group at the American Council on Education.

- Tim Cost, a 1981 JU graduate who played basketball for the Dolphins and now a vice president and consultant with PepsiCo in New York City.

The board hopes to make a decision by month's end.

The new president will take office July 1, replacing Kerry Romesburg, who will retire after nine years at JU.

The trustees chose these three candidates because "we feel [they] have the best chance of leading Jacksonville University through its next chapter of growth," board Chairman RonAutrey said Thursday.

"The depth of their backgrounds and breadth of their skills makes this one of the strongest group of finalists, from among the strongest overall field of candidates, that JU has ever experienced in a presidential search," Autrey said.

Beehler said he believes the JU board selected him as a finalist because it thinks his skills pair well with what the university needs in coming years.

"I'm convinced there's an excellent match with my experience and what JU needs to do in the future," Beehler said. "My experience in fundraising, student success and public engagement is going to be critical to JU going forward."

Comstock said Jacksonville residents need to know that she "will invest heavily in enhancing existing connections between JU and the community and that I will actively forge new strategic partnerships."

She said the trustees chose her as a finalist because she can make JU well known across the country. …

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