The names of the candidates will be released next week.

The quest to find the next president at the University of North Dakota is down to six candidates.

Members of the search committee met behind closed doors Thursday to talk about possible replacements for Mark Kennedy, the onetime Republican congressman from Minnesota who was named president at the University of Colorado.

University system officials say the names of the presential hopefuls who accept invitations to participate in on-campus interviews will likely be released next week. The interviews are scheduled to take place in November, when candidates will meet with students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members.

The search committee interviewed a dozen people for the six spots. About 60 candidates applied for the job.

Joshua Wynne has been the university's interim president since June.