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The three finalists under consideration to be the next president of Tennessee Tech University will meet with members of the campus and greater Cookeville communities during multiple forums and receptions April 17-19.

As recommended by a search advisory committee, the three finalists are:

Susan Elkins, vice president of Extended Programs and Regional Development and dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at TTU; Philip Oldham, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; and Ralph V. Rogers, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet.

Forums for students, faculty, staff and other TTU groups will take place on campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A detailed schedule for those forums will be available at These forums will also be streamed live at

Community receptions for alumni and other friends of TTU will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Progressive Savings Bank, 1080 Interstate Drive in Cookeville. Each reception will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The reception for Elkins will be on Tuesday evening.

The reception for Oldham will be on Wednesday evening.

The reception for Rogers will be on Thursday evening.

All forums and receptions are open to the public. For more information on the search or the finalists, visit