Sul Ross State University presidential finalists – Dr. William L. Kibler, Dr. H. Neil Matkin, and Dr. Quint Thurman – will spend three days in meetings at Sul Ross, including two in Alpine and one at the Rio Grande College campus in Uvalde.

The finalists will make an Alpine Campus visit Tuesday, June 10, to meet with faculty, staff, and students during scheduled forums for each group. Additionally, Sul Ross will host public receptions on June 10t in Alpine in the Morgan University Center second floor meeting rooms at 5 p.m.

Kibler has held faculty and administrative positions in Texas, Florida and Mississippi. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida, and a doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. His wife, Pam, has worked as a teacher, counselor, community educator and volunteer.

Matkin has held faculty and administrative positions in Texas, Louisiana, Virginia and Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, master’s degrees from Golden Gate University in Los Angeles and the University of Dallas, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Matkin and his wife, Janyth, a native of Odessa, have been frequent visitors to the Big Bend region for nearly 30 years.

Thurman joined Sul Ross in 2012 as provost and vice president for academic affairs and has served as interim president since 2013. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, and completed a doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His wife, Caryn, is head pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Marfa. Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall will meet with each finalist in the coming weeks before naming a sole finalist. For information about each candidate and to read related updates, please visit