University vice provost named as finalist to be president of USD Christopher Callahan is one of four finalists to be the next president of University of South Dakota Share Tweet Email Print ASU vice provost Christopher Callahan is one of four finalists in the running to become the president of the University of South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Callahan is the founding dean and a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the CEO of Arizona PBS. He joined ASU in 2005 following 12 years as a dean at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The finalists will visit USD campus next week, April 24 and 25, to meet with the state's Board of Regents, students, faculty and administrative staff. The new USD president is expected to be selected ahead of the upcoming academic year. "The great strengths of the University of South Dakota make the presidency in Vermillion an extraordinarily attractive position," Callahan wrote in his cover letter for the position. As vice provost of the downtown Phoenix campus, he is a top university administrator for more than 13,000 students. Callahan oversees approximately 300 employees and an operating budget of $30 million annually, according to his ASU faculty webpage. He has spent 25 years in academic leadership. The ASU downtown Phoenix campus is comprised of the Cronkite school, the College of Health Solutions, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The campus also offers degree programs from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. "Quite frankly, I would make a poor caretaker as a university president," he wrote in his cover letter. "I thrive on designing and building, and that is why the University of South Dakota’s challenges and ambitions make this opportunity as alluring as its enviable strengths and traditions. "Please allow me to delve a bit deeper into some of the key issues I believe will face the next president of the University of South Dakota, and how I approached similar challenges in my executive positions at Arizona State University." He highlighted his experiences in talent acquisition, fundraising and retention and graduation, among other things, in the four-page letter. Also in the running as finalists for the USD president position: Kelli R. McCormack Brown, Georgia College and State University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Sheila Gestring, University of South Dakota vice president of finance and chief financial officer Philip K. Way, Slippery Rock University interim president Editor's Note: This article was updated at 2:36 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, to include more information in the third paragraph. This story will be updated as new information becomes available. Reach the executive editor at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter at @symmaki. Like The State Press on Facebook and follow @statepress on Twitter. Subscribe to Pressing Matters Get the best of State Press delivered straight to your inbox. Related Stories Opinion: It's time for students to start engaging with the Democratic primary What's going on with all the construction around Tempe? Will Arizona enact an abortion ban?