The committee searching for a new president of the University of Portland has been interviewing candidates and has narrowed the field.

“The selected finalists are higher education leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds who have a commitment to advancing U.P.’s Catholic, Holy Cross mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership,” said a note to the university community from Tom Arndorfer, chairman of the board of regents.

Finalists are now meeting with representatives of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as the board.

Arndorfer, who is himself the president of Jesuit High School, said the identity of finalists is being kept confidential at their request. He did say that all already are leaders in higher education.

For the first time, the board expanded its reach for president beyond members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which founded the university.