Presidential Search Committee of State College de Evergreen identified three well-qualified candidates as finalists: one the provost at a Liberal Arts College in Wisconsin, another Vice Admiral of the Retired Navy with the National Safety Experience and the Third Leader From a community of five campus school in Arizona.

Shortly after interviews with students, employees and the search counseling committee, the three finalists left.

"To our surprise, one by one, they politely indicated our Executive Search Consultant who were no longer interested," said Karen Fraser, president of the University Trustee Board.

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    more than a year in his Search, perennial state: A public university of liberal arts at Oly Mpia, Wash, who is looking for someone who serves as the seventh president in its 54-year-old history, does not run out of candidates. George Bridges, current president of the University, will retire in June.

    Perennial sheet grabbed national headlines In recent years when the debate on an ancient university tradition called the day of spiral absence in protests, counterprotes and threats against a former faculty member. The University later punished 80 students for their roles in the protests and resolved a lawsuit filed by a former teacher for $ 500,000.

    Meanwhile, the university, which has no major, academic departments or qualifications, has fought against a decrease in enrollment since the end of the great recession.

    It is not clear if the recent history, institutional challenges or anything else billed in any of the decisions of the three candidates to withdraw from the presidential search. Fraser was not told why the candidates left.

    "Maybe you can never know unless you can fold the depths of someone's mind," she said. The Board is planning to appoint an interim president and restart his search for a permanent president in the future.

    Experience of the perennial state stand out how uncertain that the presidential search process can be for many schools. Three presidential finalists moving away from a university in a brief unusual order, but state-of-the-leaf state is far from the only institution that has had to restart their presidential search at the 11th hour.

    University of West Liberty, a public university in West Virginia, reopened his presidential search in August, after four of the five finalists were shot down. The System of the University of Wisconsin appointed an interim president after his final candidate for office, Jim Johnsen, withdrew his candidacy.

    More often, one or two finalists are removed from a search at the last minute. Three weeks ago, Stephanie Bulger, Vicenciller of Instruction Services in the San Diego Community College district, took the name of it out of the race to become the next president of Middlesex Community College. A week later, Felicia Ganther, an associate vicicide for student affairs in the Community District of the County Community of Maricopa, also withdrew the candidacy of it for the same work. While Rhode Island University was looking for his next president, one of the two finalists, the provost of George Washington University, Brian Blake, left the search.

    While it could be disappointing or exhausting that is left on the altar by finalists for a presidency, colleges and universities that are in such a situation have options, according to Rod McDavis, managing director in the AGB search.

    Where are you going from here?

    Pivoting an interim president when a university had planned to have a completed search is not ideal, but it is often the best option, McDavis said. University officials must take time to reflect on the process and start again in a new academic year.

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