The Luther College Presidential Search Committee met by conference call Monday and noted some "misinterpretation" of the statement issued on Saturday following the Luther Board of Regents meeting.
"After receiving the report from the Presidential Search Committee, the Luther College Board of Regents charged the committee to further explore the candidacy of a single finalist, Dr. Mark Hagerott, and to report back to the Regents no later than April 30, 2013," Board Chairperson Paul Torgerson said in an announcement Saturday morning.
Torgerson and Sandy Lee, co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, issued a statement Tuesday "to clarify" the steps taken by the Board of Regents:
"The Presidential Search Committee brought two candidates to campus. After lengthy discussion at this past weekend's Board meeting, the Regents agreed to continue discussions with a single candidate, Dr. Mark R. Hagerott, for the presidency of Luther College.
"At the same time, the Regents requested more information and additional engagement in order to make a decision regarding his candidacy. They therefore charged the search committee to design the additional process, gather information and to make its report available to the Regents as soon as possible, but no later than April 30, so that the Regents can make their final decision with respect to Dr. Hagerott's candidacy."
Hagerott was one of two finalists to replace President Richard Torgerson, who has resigned his position at the end of the school year following 14 years in the position. Hagerott serves as military professor and senior military officer of history at the United States Naval Academy.