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Presidential Search

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February 16, 2015

As reported on January 30, 2015, the university’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee, comprised of twelve individuals including members of the Board of Regents and representatives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater Wichita Falls community, met with our consultants from Academic Search and began the process of reviewing and screening the applications of 53 candidates from a national applicant pool for the position of President of Midwestern State University. Eleven candidates were invited for interviews by the advisory committee. Following the interviews, three highly-qualified candidates were extended invitations for on-campus interviews. At this time the university is bound by a mandate of confidentiality, and the name of each candidate will be released the day before their on-campus visit. During these visits, the candidates will have an opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community. The schedule for the on-campus visits can be found here.

Following the candidates’ on-campus activities and individual interviews before the Board of Regents, it is anticipated that the Board of Regents will select a finalist or finalists at a posted public meeting of the Board of Regents in early March. Thereafter, in accordance with state law and upon expiration of the 21-day required notice period, the Board of Regents will name the next President of Midwestern State University at a posted public meeting of the Board of Regents.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MSU Presidential Search.

Shawn Hessing, Chairman
MSU Board of Regents

 


 

January 30, 2015

Last week the Presidential Search Advisory Committee met with our consultants from Academic Search and carefully reviewed 53 applications from a national applicant pool presenting distinguished credentials. Following this review of the applicants, we have extended invitations to 11 highly qualified leaders for preliminary interviews. We are still at the confidential stage at this point, so we are not announcing when and where these interviews will take place.

Following these preliminary interviews, the university anticipates bringing no less than three nor more than five individuals to campus in late February or early March. Information about the individuals invited for campus visits will be issued in a timely fashion so the campus and Wichita Falls community will have the opportunity to meet the candidates.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MSU Presidential Search.

Shawn Hessing, Chairman
MSU Board of Regents

 


 

November 14, 2014

Update of the MSU Presidential Search

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee met November 7 for its third meeting with the consultants from Academic Search. Our consultants placed advertisements in nine national venues on September 26, 2014, and they began targeted outreach to approximately 1,000 individuals, asking for both nominations and expressions of interest. At this point, we have received 23 applications and more than 30 nominations. Given this early interest in the search and the fact that recruiting has just begun, our consultants are confident we will have a robust pool. All members of the community are invited to send nominations to our consultants, Dr. Jessica Kozloff and Dr. Eric Richtmyer, at jsk@academic-search.com or ewr@academic-search.com.

Following the preferred deadline for applications of January 12, the Search Advisory Committee will meet with the consultants and move to a decision about the first round of interviews. We will issue another progress report at that time. We anticipate campus visits by the finalists in early spring.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MSU Presidential Search.

Shawn Hessing, ChairmanMSU Board of Regents

 


 

September 22, 2014

Update on the MSU Presidential Search

As we begin the search for our next president, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the Board of Regents are committed to keeping the campus informed about each step in the process. Recently, our consultants from Academic Search spent two days visiting with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members about the search. Approximately 180 individuals participated in town hall meetings to discuss the search process and to comment on the characteristics they would like to see in the next president. One of the themes emerging from these meetings was the need to provide transparency in the search process. We are committed to doing so, even as we provide confidentiality to candidates until they are invited for a campus visit next spring.    

Presidential characteristics and qualifications mentioned during the campus meetings included the following:

  • A commitment to MSU’s COPLAC mission
  • Experience in higher education
  • A management style that includes valuing the close relationship of students with faculty and staff, and the “family” environment at MSU
  • Respecting the role of each member of the MSU community
  • A visible president, both internally and externally
  • A strategic thinker who will support and implement the current strategic and facilities plans
  • An understanding of and experience with legislative and community relations
  • A strong record of financial stewardship, including raising funds and managing resources
  • An individual who will stay in the position long enough to make a difference

Community members emphasized that MSU is vital to the economic and cultural development initiatives in the community. These individuals expressed a desire for a president who will be part of the Wichita Falls community; someone who will like living in Texas and in Wichita Falls. There was a very good discussion between students, alumni and community members about how to make these relationships stronger.

The Search Advisory Committee considered all of these comments as well as the comments posted on the Presidential Search Website in developing a Leadership Profile and advertisement for the position. They took into account the comments above, particularly the concern of the faculty that the next president should have the experience and values that will preserve MSU’s academic quality and status as a COPLAC university.

This afternoon the Board of Regents approved the Leadership Profile and advertisement for the position. The ad will now be posted on the Academic Search and MSU websites, as well as in various higher education publications and websites. The preferred deadline for applications is January 7, 2015.

Your input has been very helpful up to this point, and will continue to be seriously considered as we look for our next president. All information related to the search will continue to be available on the Presidential Search website (http://www.mwsu.edu/presidential-search/index).

 

Shawn Hessing, Chairman
MSU Board of Regents