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December 2, 2013

Presidential search to begin with MSSU public meetings

The first of two open meetings that will begin the presidential search steps at Missouri Southern State University is scheduled for Tuesday.

Participants at the meetings will be asked to consider the following questions:

• What traits, skills and experience should Missouri Southern look for in a presidential candidate?

• What should the vision for the university be, and what leadership qualities do you think will help it achieve that vision?

• What suggestions do you have for the search committee?

Discussion of those questions will take place in small groups, according to Richard Walter, chairman of the Board of Governors and co-chairman of the presidential search committee.

He said participants will be seated among 10 tables, with eight to 10 chairs per table. Groups will have about 12 minutes to discuss each of the first two questions, and one person at each table will be tasked with taking notes of the discussion, he said.

After each of the first two questions, two groups will be randomly selected to give about a three-minute summary of their discussions to the entire room, he said.

Participants will have about 15 minutes to answer the third question as a group, Walter said.

“We hope that by working in groups at each table, we can come up with some good ideas for us and help us when we get ready to deliberate about how we’re going to move forward,” he said.

The ideas and suggestions gathered during the two meetings will be turned over to the 12-person presidential search committee, members of which were announced last week. Walter said he also hopes to eventually post audio recordings — or a transcription — and video recordings of the meetings on the university’s website.

Those serving on the search committee represent MSSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, administration, athletic supporters and the foundation. They were selected by the groups they represent.

For example, Darren Fullerton, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, said his name was offered to those co-chairing the committee by members of the President’s Council to serve as representation for the MSSU administration. And Alicia Hughes, the university bursar and current staff senate president, said she was selected for the committee by those who serve as officers for the staff senate.

Four members who represent the community were selected by Walter and Sherry Buchanan, committee co-chairwoman.

The committee will receive its formal charge from the Board of Governors in mid-January and will meet for the first time in late January.

The final decision and hiring of the university’s next permanent president are the responsibility of the board, according to its bylaws. Aside from Walter and Buchanan, board members are not directly involved with the committee beyond delivering its charge and considering its recommendation of a presidential candidate, Walter said.

Time, place

TWO OPEN MEETINGS will be held, one from 3 to 4 p.m. today and the other from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center.

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