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Former RHIT President Finalist Doesn’t Expect Second Chance

The man who was the other finalist for the presidency of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) when the school instead named Gerald Jakubowski to the position three years ago said he does not expect to be considered for the job when a new search begins.

Tom Hanley said he has “moved on” since losing out on the presidency of the school where he taught chemical engineering in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Hanley currently teaches at Auburn University in Alabama and has previously served as both a provost and vice president of the school.

Hanley said he expects the school’s Board of Trustees to begin a completely new search which may not turn up his name a second time. Even if he were asked to interview, Hanley said he would have to talk the opportunity over with those close to him before deciding whether to step away from other responsibilities he has assumed since going through the process in 2006.

“It’s a harder job than it was two or three years ago,” Hanley said.

Hanley remembers his time at Rose-Hulman fondly and said he has been friends with Jakubowski for about two decades, adding he is sorry to see the presidency change hands again so soon.

“I’m unhappy for Rose [RHIT] that it’s happened this way,” he said.

Late last week, Jakubowski sent a letter to the school’s Board of Trustees indicating he would step down on June 30th, citing personal reasons.  The Trustees were already scheduled to meet this week to discuss regular business, but Board President Bob Bright said the issue of how to begin a presidential search will be added to the agenda.

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