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Four out-of-state finalists remain in the running for the University of Utah presidency.

Commissioner of Higher Education Wm. Rolfe Kerr said Tuesday that the 20-member U. Presidential Search Committee selected the four finalists after two interviews. They will now be interviewed by the 16-member state Board of Regents during the last week in June.Kerr said the regents hope to name the successor to U. President Chase N. Peterson that week. Peterson will retire June 30. However, the U. president probably won't be able to take over for several months, and an acting president will be named to run the U. in the interim, Kerr said.

The commissioner refused to say if any women or minorities were among the finalists or to give any details about the four. He said the finalists may come to campus later this month to talk with academic deans and faculty before the regent interviews. If they do, their names will be released publicly, he said.

In the next couple of weeks, the commissioner and his staff will more fully research the backgrounds and references of the finalists. "We'll get into much more depth, talking to faculty, students, legislators, fund-raisers and community leaders," he said.