The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga chancellor search committee has named five finalists in its search for a new chancellor.

On Tuesday, the committee released the names of the candidates, each of whom remained top choices from a pool of candidates who have been applying for the job since last August. The new chancellor will replace Roger Brown, who retired on Sept. 30 of last year.

Brown, who initially intended to retire this March, announced in September he would be taking administrative leave six months earlier than planned. Brown cited a “tremendously difficult year,” including the passing of his wife, Carolyn, as the primary reason behind his decision.


Candidates for the post include Diane Allen, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Salisbury University; Steve Angle, senior vice president and professor at Wright State University; Jorge Haddock, dean of the School of Management and professor at George Mason University; Harold P. Jones, dean of the School of Health Professionals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and James D. Moran III, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The university also announced that each candidate would be participating in an open forum, releasing the schedule as follows:

-Jan. 9: Diane Allen

-Jan. 10: Jim Moran

-Jan. 15: Harold Jones

-Jan. 16: Jorge Haddock

-Jan. 17: Steve Angle

Forums will be held from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. Along with faculty and staff, students and the public will have the opportunity to ask candidates questions.

The position of chancellor will be appointed by the University of Tennessee System President Dr. Joe DiPietro. Since his retirement, Grady Bogue has been serving as interim chancellor.