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Provost Applicants Begin Campus Visits

The first of four finalists for the position of Provost at Missouri State University is visiting the campus this week, meeting with administrators, faculty, staff, and students. KSMU's Mike Smith has the story:

Warren Kent Wray, a Professor of Cival Engineering at Michigan Technological University, and former Provost and Seniro Vice Presidient at Michigan Tech, arrived in Springfield Wednesday, and will wrap up his visit Friday.

The process for hiring Missouri State's first full time Provost began in September with the appointment of a 14 member search committee which included Missouri State administrators, faculty, staff, students, and a member of the community.

Bill Cheek, Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences says there was a large number of applicants for the position, and it was a challenge for the search committee to get down to the four finalists who will each take part in on campus public question and answer forums at Plaster Student Union Theater.

Warren Kent Wray tells KSMU news that his first impression of Springfield and Missouri State is a favorable one, and that he would be a "good fit" for the job as Provost.

The other finalists include Sharon K. Hahs whose open forum is scheduled for 4PM February 16; Belinda R. McCarthy, whose forum is scheduled for 4Pm Wednesday February 22nd; and Robert G. Frank, who will speak and answer questions at Plaster Theater at 4PM Monday February 27th.

Missouri State's first Provost will begin work July 1st.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.