The three finalists, Lynn White Blanchard, Michael Davis and John O'Sullivan, each participated in one of three public forums for candidates that has been held on campus in the last two weeks.
Blanchard is currently the vice chairwoman for community initiatives at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa. Davis is the assistant director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Raleigh. O'Sullivan is a farm management and marketing specialist for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service with N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University.
Ned Brooks, interim director of the CCPS, said he was pleased with the forums.
"I think they were excellent," he said.
CCPS officials began their search for a new director for the center after Nick Didow resigned from the position almost three months ago to pursue a professorship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Brooks said that at the forums, candidates spoke to the audience members about their experiences with public service and issues they felt were important.
The audience also addressed questions to the candidates.
Brooks said the attendance at the forums ranged from about 12 people to about 25 people.
Audience members were given an evaluation form, and the feedback from those forms will play a role in the decision-making process, he said.