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MSU Board of Trustees select members of presidential search committee

Posted at 1:30 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 14:44:03-04

The MSU Board of Trustees has given an update on the search for a new permanent president.

The Board Wednesday announced that they appointed 19 members to the presidential search committee.

They did this during a press conference from the Hannah Building on Wednesday morning.

“Our commitment to the university community was to identify a search committee that is inclusive, diverse and representative of the broader MSU stakeholders including students, staff, faculty, deans and alumni, and we have done that,” said Trustee Dianne Byrum, who serves as the presidential search committee co-chair.

They say that it will be a diverse group of 9 women and 10 men representing a cross-section of the colleges all with unique backgrounds and experience.

“We approached organizing the search committee as one Spartan community and sought input from students, faculty, staff and the broader MSU community,” said Trustee Melanie Foster, who serves as the other co-chair.

Members of the search committee represent:
• Alumni from the private sector
• Associated Students of MSU 
• Athletic Council 
• Council of Graduate Students
• Deans 
• Faculty Senate, distinguished professors and endowed chairs 
• Labor and staff 
• Trustees

They added that the committee members will take part in campus listening sessions and provide input on the selection of a search firm.

And that members will also help compile the characteristics and qualities desired in MSU’s next president and provide input on the position description, as well as screen and interview applicants to advance a pool of qualified candidates to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

Teresa A. Sullivan, who is the retired University of Virginia president, has been appointed to advise the presidential search process.

Back in late June trustee members announced it was forming a search committee to help make that selection.

The board has promised to form a search committee by the end of this month. Interim President John Engler will not be involved in the search for the next university president.

Trustees are hoping to hire a new president by June 2019.

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