The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 17, 2014

MSSU committee prepares for review of applications for presidential position

As applications for the position of president are expected to start coming in, members of the presidential search committee at Missouri Southern State University on Monday reviewed their screening procedures.

A nine-member subcommittee will be responsible for the initial screening of all applicants, using a document created internally specifically for this search.

“Our whole process is to try to discern the character and the accomplishments of the candidates,” said Richard Walter, committee co-chairman.

The first page of the document serves to identify largely whether an applicant is qualified for the position by checking whether he or she has submitted all requested materials (free of misspellings and grammatical errors), meets degree and experience requirements, and is knowledgeable in higher education.

The second page is designed to deepen the screening steps of qualified applicants by asking members of the subcommittee to rate them on a numeric scale in several areas, such as their knowledge of Missouri Southern and higher education academics, or their experience with state and federal legislatures.

“This is the sheet we’d be using to determine our semifinalists, that smaller group from which we’d get our finalists,” said Sherry Buchanan, who is co-chairing the committee.

Ads for the position were published last week in three higher education and job search websites, as well as in The Joplin Globe, said Darren Fullerton, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management and a member of the committee. One of those websites has reported that its ad already has been viewed more than 250 times, he said.

He said the ad also would be published online this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a higher education newsmagazine, and by the end of the month in its print edition.

A request for proposals for professional search firms to conduct background checks on the candidates and, if necessary, to recruit qualified applicants is expected to go out this week, with a return date of April 11, Fullerton said. He said he hopes to have proposals from those firms ready to present to the Board of Governors at its April 18 meeting.

Committee members on Monday also divided into two additional subcommittees that have been tasked with developing the steps by which they will check the references of qualified applicants and conducting telephone interviews with select candidates.

Next meeting

THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE will next meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

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