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MSU Board takes next step in search for permanent president

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 09:25:05-04

The MSU Board of Trustees is looking for a firm to help lead the search for a new university president. The role is currently being filled on an interim basis by John Engler.

Presidential Search Committee members Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster are encouraging qualified firms to submit their proposal to "".

Interviews for presidential search firms will be held and a firm will be selected. MSU will continue gathering input on the presidential search from community stakeholders in both small and large groups through the summer and continuing into October.

“During this phase of the presidential search and moving forward, we will continue to call on students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders to tell us the qualities and characteristics they consider most important in their next MSU president,” said Foster. “We will continue approaching this process as one Spartan community, which is imperative to a comprehensive, inclusive and successful search for our next president.”

Presidential candidates will be identified for interviews between November and January 2019. The Board of Trustees aims to have a new president announced no later than June 2019.

The entire Michigan State University community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni can follow the presidential search process online at