Norfolk State University President Carolyn Meyers has been named one of three finalists for the top post at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The announcement comes as Meyers, who is in her fourth year at Norfolk State, has come under scrutiny by its Board of Visitors. She was the subject of a lengthy closed-session meeting last month, along with reviews of internal audits.
Morgan State's Board of Regents is expected to announce a new leader by Dec. 15 and have the person in place by the first of the year.
Enrollment at Norfolk State increased 10 percent this year from 6,325 last fall, and many supporters hail Meyers' vision to continue to increase enrollment and raise the academic profile of incoming students.
Critics, however, have said Meyers hasn't pushed the university far enough in the areas of technology and research and in forging better partnerships with cities to advance the school.
Meyers, NSU's fourth president, has spent more than 30 years in higher education, including positions at North Carolina A&T State University, Georgia Tech and the National Science Foundation. She holds mechanical engineering degrees from Howard University and a chemical engineering doctorate from Georgia Tech.
Another finalist for the Morgan State post is Calvin Jamison, who is the vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas. A former Richmond city manager, he also held faculty and administrative positions at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The other candidate, David Wilson, is chancellor of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin Extension and has more than 30 years in higher education.
Morgan State, like NSU, is a historically black college, with about 7,000 students. MSU is one of Maryland's four public research universities.
The finalists will visit Morgan State's campus this month. The new president will replace Earl Richardson, who will step down Dec. 31 after 25 years as president. The search process began in January and included the review of more than 100 applications, according to Morgan State news releases.