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MSU selects firm to lead president search

Posted: 9:21 AM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-26 07:01:23-04

Michigan State University has selected Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to lead the way in finding the next MSU President.

The search committee read multiple proposals from potential firms, ultimately deciding on Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

“The experience of a highly reputable firm such as Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is invaluable to a university like MSU,” said Dianne Byrum, MSU trustee and presidential search committee co-chair. “Their proven ability to identify and recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds is particularly helpful for organizations seeking change.”

The woman and minority owned firm will lead the search for the 21st president at State.

The Storbeck/Pimentel team will be led by Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner, as well as partners R. Thomas Fitch and Susan VanGilder.

According to a statement from MSU, the firm has extensive experience conducting presidential searches on behalf of public research universities including Florida State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wayne State University.

“Their expertise is grounded in their firsthand knowledge of higher education and in their team’s understanding of the unique culture and challenges of each institution with which they work,” said Melanie Foster, MSU trustee and presidential search committee co-chair.

Storbeck/Pimentel representatives will join presidential search committee members at the campus community input session on: 
• Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Kellogg Center, Big Ten Room A
• Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room

They welcome feedback on criteria for the next president.