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Finalists named for Black Hills State president search

The state Board of Regents have named the final four candidates in the search for the next president of Black Hills State University.

The finalists will visit Spearfish next week to meet with board members.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, start with Dr. Matt Cecil. Originally from South Dakota, he is the current Provost and VP of academic and student affairs at Northern Kentucky University.

Next, Dr. Fredrich Chilson, the current provost and VP for academic affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Steve Elliot is the current VP of academic affairs at Wayne State College in Nebraska, where he has served in various positions since 2003.

Finally, Dr. Angie Fincannon is the dean of the college of business at the Indiana Institute of Technology. She has previously held positions in administrative and athletic roles at Indiana University and Purdue.

Final private meetings with the finalists will be held Tuesday.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture