Washington State University says it expects to name a new president next month, or possibly sooner.

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With eight candidates on the short list, Washington State University expects to pick its next president this spring, and has created a presidential transition team to help with the process.

The transition team will be made up of Lura Powell, a WSU regent, and Bob Drewel, the former chancellor at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

The finalists include university presidents and provosts, as well as one candidate from the private sector. It was winnowed down from an initial pool of 200 prospects, according to the university.

The process is closed. WSU will not announce the names of the finalists. The final choice will be announced in April, or possibly sooner, said WSU regent Michael Worthy in a statement. Worthy chairs the search advisory committee.

Interim President Dan Bernardo, who is not a candidate for the job, will return to his duties as provost and executive vice president when the new president arrives.

Former President Elson Floyd died in June of complications from colon cancer.