Presidential Search Committee Update

Presidential Search Committee Update

August 9, 2016

Dear Campus Community:

The Truman State Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting on August 6 to hear its charge from the Board of Governors and to discuss confidentiality requirements and the Code of Ethics.  Dr. Jessica Kozloff, the consultant from Academic Search, led a discussion of the process and timeline required to meet the Board’s anticipated announcement date of March 2017.

The Committee discussed how important it will be to have campus input about the desired presidential qualifications.  To that end, both Dr. Kozloff and her colleague, Dr. Eric Richtmyer, will be on campus August 30 and 31 for meetings with campus constituency groups.   Information about these meetings will be publicized in the very near future.

Following these meetings and upon receiving a summary of comments from the campus community during the consultants’ visit, the Committee will finalize an ad.  Academic Search will begin recruiting by mid-September and continue recruiting through the end of the fall semester.  The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications in early October so semi-finalists can be selected before the semester break.  Neutral site interviews with semi-finalists will be scheduled after the new semester begins.  Following these interviews, the Search Committee will select three to five finalists for interviews with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Board of Governors

To ensure the most qualified individuals submit applications for the presidency, it is vital to maintain the confidentiality of the applicants.  As a result, the Board of Governors has decided to proceed with a search process being adopted widely for presidential searches.  In lieu of open campus meetings and forums, the finalists will be interviewed by a Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  This Stakeholder Committee will be large and drawn from multiple University constituencies, such as, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, etc.  The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will provide its perspectives to the Board concerning the finalists. The Board will include these perspectives, as well as the Search Committee’s input, in their deliberations.


Cheryl Cozette, Secretary of the Board of Governors
Debra Kerby, Dean of the School of Business
Co-Chairs of the Presidential Search Committee

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