Presidential Search Committee begins reviewing applications
Today the 20-member Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing the 38 applications for the 11th president of Missouri State University.
Of the 38 applications, 34 had been submitted by July 13, the date for “optimal consideration.” Four additional applications have arrived since then. The position description indicates that applications will be “accepted until the position is filled,” so additional applications are possible. The materials are being made available to the committee members today (July 20).
The search committee will use the next six weeks to review the materials and narrow the field to 10-12 candidates and then to six-eight semifinalists by early September. By late September, two-four finalists will be identified and recommended to the Board of Governors.
The finalists identified will then be invited to campus for three-day visits in early October. The Board’s goal is to name the new president no later than Nov. 1, with the start time flexible depending on the person named.
“We have an outstanding committee that is well-organized and working together toward a common purpose: finding the best person possible as the next president at Missouri State,” said Joe Turner, search committee chair. “We are eager to get started.
“When we begin our review, I am confident we will have a group of outstanding candidates from which to choose. The presidency at Missouri State University is an attractive position, not only for the institution itself, but for the city, the setting and the general quality of life.”
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, when he was appointed to replace Dr. James E. Cofer Sr., the 10th president. Smart has confirmed that he has applied for the permanent position.
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