Max Burns considered for college presidency

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Former congressman Max Burns is one of three finalists being considered by the Board of Regents for the president’s job at Gordon College in Barnesville.

Burns’ name was released Wednesday afternoon along with the names of two other college administrators on the short list of candidates: Delmas Crisp Jr., executive vice president and academic dean of Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., and Donna Henry, dean of the college of arts and sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers.

Burns, who served one term in the U.S. House from Georgia’s 12th Congressional District in 2003-04, has been dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega since 2008.

After his single term in Congress, Burns was defeated in 2004 and 2006 by Democrat John Barrow, who still holds the 12th District seat. Burns is one of several Republicans thought to be considering a race against Barrow in a radically redrawn 12th District in 2012.

The regents are looking for permanent replacement for Lawrence Weill, who stepped down as president of Gordon College in 2010. Shelley Nickel has been serving as interim president.

© 2011 by The Georgia Report

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