Three men are finalists for the job of dean at the University of Arizona's business school.

They are visiting campus to interview for the top job at the Eller College of Management. The school serves more than 5,500 students in Tucson and Scottsdale and hosts top-10-ranked programs in management information systems and entrepreneurship.

The selection will likely be made by the end of the year.

Paul Portney, dean since 2005, will step down in January to teach economics.

Vice dean and accounting professor Leslie Eldenburg will be the interim dean until the new hire starts in July.

The finalists are:

• Leonard Jessup, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington State University's business school. He also chairs the department of entrepreneurship and information systems there.

Jessup has experience as dean and as president of the university's foundation. He also founded a venture-capital firm that helps universities commercialize emerging research and technology.

• Kenneth Evans, the dean and chair of business at the University of Oklahoma's business school.

Evans has experience as an associate dean and acting dean at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his background is in marketing.

• Lawrence Feick, the senior director of international programs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Feick has been on the business faculty there since 1982 and has experience as an associate dean and interim dean. His background is in marketing.

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