Three candidates being considered for the position of dean of students at Tennessee Tech will be on campus Jan. 17, 18 and 19.

Open meetings for the campus to talk with the candidates have been scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon each day in Roaden University Center room 370. Another set of open meeting sessions for students to talk with the candidates will also take place at 2 p.m. each day in RUC room 370.

These meetings will give students, faculty and staff the chance to meet the candidates and offer feedback to the candidate search committee.

The dean of students is primarily a student advocate at the university. The person in this role is responsible for responding to concerns of students, faculty, staff, parents and the community and providing leadership for various aspects of student life on campus including student activities and organizations, Greek Life, the Tech Activities Board and the Campus Compass information center. The dean of students is also responsible for directing and supervising the university disciplinary system and enforcing university disciplinary policies.

Because of this close relationship with the student body and the importance of relationship building skills to the position, the search committee chose to hold these open meetings as a way to give the campus community a voice in the selection process.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, candidate Xavier Romano will be on campus. Romano currently works as a higher education consultant in La Grande, Ore.

From March 2014 through July 2016, he worked as the vice president for student services at Eastern Oregon University, and he was the director of the Fresno Campus of Alliant International University in Fresno, Calif. from April 2011 until March 2014. He also worked as the vice president for student development and dean of students at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. for more than 11 years and was the vice president for student services and dean of students at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif. for five years.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, Katherine Williams, who is currently serving as interim dean of students at Tech, will take part in campus interviews.

Along with serving in the interim position, Williams is currently the director of student activities at Tech, a position she has held for more than two years. Before taking that position, she served as coordinator of Greek life and university programming at Tech for nine years.

Thursday, Jan. 19, campus interviews will be held for Stephen R. Hirst. Hirst has worked at Wake Forest University since 2005 and currently serves as assistant dean and director for campus programs and services there. He also worked in the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University from 2001 until 2005.

Following the candidate interviews, the search committee will make a selection recommendation to the vice president of student affairs.