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March 11, 2014

MSSU board OKs job description for president

JOPLIN, Mo. — A subgroup of the Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University on Tuesday approved a formal job description for the president, much of which will be used to advertise for the position as early as this week.

According to the document, duties and responsibilities of the president include oversight of fiscal management and financial stability; development of the university’s mission, vision, values and goals; policy-making and planning; and maintaining academic programs. The president also supervises top administrators, including the vice presidents, athletics director, marketing/relations director and board secretary.

The document requires a degree from an accredited institution and progressive management experience. A minimum of seven years at the vice president level in public higher education and knowledge of Missouri higher education in particular are preferred. It also asks for experience in “administration, financial management, fundraising and collaborations with business leaders, elected officials and educators.”

The three-person group also approved a separate document listing general expectations that would contribute to an effective presidency. Much of the list was drawn from two public forums that the board conducted in December to solicit input and feedback from the campus and community on what characteristics or traits a university president should have.

“I think it’s helpful,” board Chairman Lynn Ewing said of the list. “I think it gives some guidance as to what our expectations are.”

The list includes directives in areas such as fundraising, community partnerships, budget and finances, student enrollment and retention, development, faculty and staff success, and the international mission. It will be made available to candidates who apply for the position, said Sherry Buchanan, a board member who is co-chairing the presidential search committee.

Both documents approved Tuesday will be posted to the university’s website,

The original notice of Tuesday’s meeting, which was posted on Monday, noted that it would be closed for discussion of the “hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees by a public governmental body when personal information about the employee is discussed or recorded.”

In a telephone interview with the Globe later in the day, Ewing acknowledged that discussion of a job description may not fall under the personnel exemption of the state’s open meetings law. A revised notice released early Tuesday morning said the meeting would be open to the public.


THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS previously authorized Chairman Lynn Ewing and members Sherry Buchanan and Jim Fleischaker, who also serve on the presidential search committee, to approve the job description when it became available because no full board meeting is planned this month.

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