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Missouri State University's Presidential Search Committee Plans Meeting


In its search for a new president, Springfield’s largest university is set to begin sifting through applications to fill the spot. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

The Missouri State University Presidential Search Committee will sit down on April 9th by way of a telephone conference to discuss the next step in finding a new president. Current President Dr. Michael Nietzel announced months ago he would resign and has recently taken a position with Governor Jay Nixon’s administration. Each of the 15 search committee members who were selected last January has close ties to the university. They are focusing on finding the best candidate for the position.

Brian Hammons is the chair of MSU’s Board of Governor’s.

“We’re working toward having someone perhaps named by later this spring. That’s not a hard and fast rule. Certainly we want to find the best candidate and hire the best person we can find for the position. Dr. Nietzel has said he would stay until the end of the year if necessary,” Hammons says.

Hammons also says that this month’s meeting will focus on discussing the numerous applications they’ve received. After that the search committee will begin screening candidates and eventually narrow it down to the top three or four to present to the board of governors.

The committee is trying to get someone started in the position by late summer. They say it’s important to them that the candidates visit MSU while students are still on the campus.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.