Tennessee Wesleyan names 20th president

ATHENS, Tenn. - Stephen Condon, current vice president of student affairs at Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga., has been selected as Tennessee Wesleyan College's 20th president.

Tennessee Wesleyan officials announced on April 11 that Condon had accepted the position, following a six-month search that involved more than 70 qualified candidates.

"Dr. Condon brings to Tennessee Wesleyan a blend of experience that is well suited for our current needs," said Cary Davis, board chair. "We are extremely happy to have the Condons coming on board."

Condon's experience includes work at six colleges, three of which are United Methodist related, officials said. Primary areas of expertise for Condon include student affairs and fundraising.

Condon stated upon his acceptance of the position that he looked forward to being a part of the Athens community. He said he was eager to see the college move forward as it begins to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2007. Condon will be joined by his wife, Becky, a professional librarian.

Tennessee Wesleyan officials said that Condon's starting date had not been arranged, but would likely be by July 1.

Fred Womack, a retired Air Force major general, led the presidential search committee along with vice chair Mike Dannel, and committee secretary Shirley Woodcock. In addition to Bishop James Swanson, other members of the committee include: college trustees Cary Davis, Jay Kramer, Rev. Don Allison, Becky Jaquish, Dan Smith, Elaine Cathcart, Danny Hays, William D. Sullins, Bill Kilbride; the Rev. William McDonald, a professor of religion at Tennessee Wesleyan; Floyd Falany, the college's interim president; Tennessee Wesleyan's student representative to the board of trustees, Leigh Perrine; the school's athletic director Stan Harrison; and Sandra Clariday, a professor and director of the college's Merner-Pfeiffer Library.

"We are thrilled to have someone with the experience Dr. Condon brings. The search committee spent many, many hours to find an individual who would have the best fit with Tennessee Wesleyan. Dr. Condon is that person," Womack stated.

Floyd Falany has served as the college's interim president since the June 30, 2004, resignation of Thomas Armstrong. The former president left in a haze of controversy, stating that he had been asked to resign by the Board of Trustees less than seven months after his inauguration.

"We ... appreciate the contributions of the Falanys during this transition period," Davis said. "We hold a special place in our heart for their time at Tennessee Wesleyan."

Tennessee Wesleyan College, founded in 1857, is a four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Holston Conference.


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