Three Finalists Selected for McNeese Presidential Search

LAKE CHARLES – The McNeese State University Presidential Search Committee selected three finalists today after spending the week on campus conducting interviews and receiving input from the campus and community. The finalists will interview with the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors in Baton Rouge on Friday, April 23, after which a final decision will be made.


“After spending time with each of these candidates and receiving input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, the search committee felt these individuals each bring unique strengths.  The Board now has a tough decision, which is the mark of a successful presidential search,” said University of Louisiana System President and McNeese Search Committee Chair Randy Moffett.


The finalists are:

Jeanne Daboval, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at McNeese State University. Daboval earned a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.



Linda K. Rinker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University. Rinker earned a Doctor of Education at Columbia University.




Philip Williams, President of the University of Montevallo. Williams earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University.



Over the last week, each semi-finalist spent intensive time on campus interacting with the search committee and university groups.  The meetings included breakfast with the academic deans, lunch with students, meetings with department heads, faculty, staff and community members, as well as a public interview with the search committee.


“It was an intensive week, but it allowed the candidates an opportunity to get to know the university, and it afforded the search committee insight into each candidate’s style and vision,” said Moffett.


Next week’s meeting and finalist interviews will be open to the public.  A detailed schedule will be released Monday and posted on the special search website,


To watch videos of the semi-finalist interviews, visit


To submit questions and comments about the search, you can send an email to


Established in 1939, McNeese is classified as a Carnegie Master’s University. The University enrolls over 8,600 students and primarily serves the five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.




EIGHT UNIVERSITUES STRONG: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in the state, enrolling almost 82,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.