Three candidates now remain in the running for McNeese president

Three candidates now remain in the running for McNeese president

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - The search for the next McNeese State University president is down to three semifinalists - Daryl Burckel,  Jeanne Daboval and Neil Aspinwall.

These three will now move forward to the interviews by the University of Louisiana System.

Each of the three remaining candidates said why they think they're the best candidate for the job.

"I'm passionate about what I do. I know this institution as a business; I know it as a higher education enterprise and one of the things I understand is the key to our success is taking care of our students and you're going to have someone who is always on the students' side, who is always going to make sure we have a shared vision and all pulling in the same direction," Aspinwall said.

"I have a passion for this university that I think I am uniquely qualified with a business background to lead the university forward from where we are today and to help us to achieve a level of excellence that I think the university demands of itself and also benefits our community. A strong McNeese State University is a strong Southwest Louisiana community," said Burckel.

"I know this institution inside and out; I have done the job for about 16 years and I'm ready to leverage that knowledge into the community to be the person they recognize as 'here comes McNeese' and to grow the institution with enrollment, I know how to do that too, so I am ready," Daboval said.

This search comes after current president Philip Williams announced his retirement earlier this year after leading the university for seven years.

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