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MSU Presidential Search Committee Begins Review Process

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The search is underway to find the next Missouri State University president. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with chairman of the search committee and has this report

The 20 member search committee has begun the process of sorting through and evaluating the 38 applicants who are looking to be the 11thMSU president.  Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, July 13thwas the deadline for preferential consideration.  Joe Turner is the chairman for the search committee. 

“The process generally is, we will try to narrow the field of applications down to probably 8 or so, interview those people, and then present our 2 to 4 top choices to the Board of Governors.  Then, obviously it is their decision as to who they ultimately hire,” Turner says.

Turner says the Board’s goal is to name a president no later than November 1st.  He says that although they have just begun the review process, and that he hasn’t had much opportunity to review the applications himself, he feels the process is going well so far.  Turner expects to have a number of high-quality applicants to consider because he says this is a very good job, at a great university, and that Springfield is a great place to live.     

The decision to begin the search for the university’s 11th president was announced on March 8. Clifton M. “Clif” Smart III has been serving as interim president since June 27, 2011.  Smart has confirmed that he has applied for the permanent position. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.