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WWU nominee withdraws his name from Nebraska post

Sabah Randhawa, who is currently at Oregon State University, has been named the preferred choice to take over the president’s spot at Western Washington University. A final vote would come later.
Sabah Randhawa, who is currently at Oregon State University, has been named the preferred choice to take over the president’s spot at Western Washington University. A final vote would come later. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Sabah Randhawa, named Wednesday as the lone finalist for the presidency at Western Washington University, has withdrawn his name from consideration to become chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

WWU’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday, March 30 to consider Randhawa as the next president at the Bellingham, Wash., school, succeeding Bruce Shepard. Randhawa is expected to retun to WWU next week to meet with various groups. The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting sometime after that for a final vote on the president position.

University of Nebraska spokeswoman Melissa Lee says Randhawa told University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds about his decision Wednesday.

Randhawa is Oregon State University provost. His withdrawal leaves three candidates to replace Lincoln’s chancellor, Harvey Perlman: Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs; April Mason, Kansas State University provost; and Daniel Reed, University of Iowa vice president for research and economic development.

Lee says Bounds doesn’t plan to name Perlman’s successor this week. Bounds’ selection is subject to a Board of Regents confirmation vote.

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