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Search panel picks alumna Curtis as next Indiana State chief

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A search committee has recommended that alumna Deborah J. Curtis, the current provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, be appointed the next president of Indiana State University.

David Campbell, chairman of the university's board of trustees, announced the recommendation Thursday. He says the board will consider her appointment as ISU's first woman president next week. She would succeed Daniel Bradley, who will step down as president on Jan. 3.

Curtis has held her roles at Central Missouri since 2012. Her responsibilities have included overseeing all academic programs and support services including the university's four academic colleges, information technology and student affairs.

Curtis earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana State.

ISU says a national presidential search drew more than 70 candidates.

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