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University of Missouri System initiates nationwide search for UMSL chancellor; announces search committee members


Christian Basi

Members include faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri System President Mun Choi today announced the start of a nationwide search for the position of chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The search will be led by the UM System HR Executive Recruitment team.  

Following nominations by UMSL constituency groups, Choi named 19 members to the search committee. Beth Huebner, professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Kirk Richter, alumni board member and a member of the Chancellor’s Council, will chair the search committee.

“The UM System’s commitment to the state could not be completed without the University of Missouri-St. Louis,” Choi said. “UMSL’s focus on student success, its community engagement and its commitment to improving lives are priorities that will attract a broad, high-quality pool of candidates from a national audience. I’m excited for the future of UMSL, the future of the St. Louis region and the future of the state of Missouri. Every university within the UM System is vital for helping the state move forward and tackle grand challenges.”

Additional search committee members include:

  • Audri Adams, graduate student, History
  • Joe Blanner, president, UMSL Alumni Association
  • Alan Byrd, vice provost, Enrollment Management
  • Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX administrator and chief equity officer, Human Resources
  • Alexei Demechenko, professor, Chemistry
  • Curtis Coonrod, vice provost, Student Affairs
  • Marsha Fischer, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, UM System
  • Alice Hall, associate professor and department chair, Communication and Media; chair, UMSL Faculty Senate
  • Paul Herring, vice chancellor, University Advancement
  • Charles Hoffman, dean, Business Administration
  • Tiffany Izard, chair, UMSL Staff Association
  • Jon McGinnis, professor and department chair, Philosophy
  • Rob Paul, professor and director, Missouri Institute of Mental Health
  • McKenzie Schuessler, president, Student Government Association
  • Ann Taylor, dean, Education
  • Sandra Trapani, teaching professor and chair, Language and Cultural Studies
  • Sha-Lai Williams, associate professor, Social Work

UMSL Provost Kristin Sobolik has been serving as interim chancellor since Sept. 1, 2019. 


Reviewed 2019-09-27