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Five higher education administrators and the director of a federal research institute were chosen Thursday to advance in the University of Tennessee’s search for a new president.

A search council made up of faculty, students, staff, alumni and trustees selected them from a pool of nine candidates. The six finalists will interview with the UT Board of Trustees’ search committee April 20.

The finalists are:

Dr. Jack Burns, vice president for academic affairs and research of the University of Colorado system.

Dr. Brady Deaton, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Kermit Hall, president of Utah State University.

Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the National Toxicology Program.

Dr. John Petersen, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Bill Stacy, chancellor of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The eight-member board search committee, chaired by Murfreesboro Trustee Andrea Loughry, will recommend no fewer than three candidates to the full board.

The trustees will elect the university’s 23rd president on Wednesday, April 21, and he is expected to take office July 1.

More information about the search is available at http://pr.tennessee.edu/presidentialsearch