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UM Presidential Search Advisory Committee to meet Monday


Christian Basi

April 19, 2007

Contact: Jennifer Hollingshead

Office: (573) 882-0601

E-mail: hollingsheadj@umsystem.edu

The University of Missouri Presidential Search Advisory Committee, established by the Board of Curators, will hold its organizational meeting by conference call at 12:30 P.M. Monday, April 23. The conference call will originate from Room 321 of University Hall on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Topics to be discussed include the Advisory Committee's charge from the Board of Curators, its procedures and introductions of its 19 members.

The Advisory Committee, which was originally composed of 17 members representing a variety of interests across the University’s four campuses - including students, faculty, alumni, staff and services to Missouri - has been expanded by the Board of Curators to also include representatives from Extension and University retirees. The panel is being chaired by Dr. Frank Schmidt of the University of Missouri-Columbia, who also chairs the Intercampus Faculty Council. Monday's meeting is scheduled to adjourn at approximately 1:15 P.M.

"The next president will have to both lead the University of Missouri and serve as the public face for higher education in our state," Dr. Schmidt said. "The Advisory Committee will work to ensure that the next president can work with all members of the university community. I think I speak for all the committee members when I say we are honored to accept this opportunity to contribute to the strength of the University of Missouri."

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has hired an executive search firm, Atlanta-based Baker and Associates, to identify potential presidential candidates for the Board's consideration. After the Board of Curators identifies finalists, the Advisory Committee is to interview those candidates and report its impressions and advice about the finalists to the Board of Curators, which will make the final decision.

The Board is seeking a successor to Dr. Elson S. Floyd, who is assuming the presidency of Washington State University. The Board has appointed Dr. Gordon Lamb to serve as interim president.

University of Missouri Presidential Search Advisory Committee (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Frank Schmidt – Presidential Search Advisory Committee Chair

Chair, Intercampus Faculty Council

University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Jo Behymer

Associate Professor Emeritus


Dr. Richard Brow

Curators' Professor, Ceramic Engineering

University of Missouri-Rolla

Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar

Curators' Teaching Professor, Physics

University of Missouri-Columbia

Mr. Matteo Coco

UMR Alumni Association

St. Louis

Dr. Marilyn Coleman

Curators' Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

University of Missouri-Columbia

Mr. Jay Dade

MU Alumni Association


Dr. Joan Dean

Curators' Teaching Professor, English Language and Literature

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Soneeta Grogan

University of Missouri Extension


Mr. Hubert Hoosman

UMSL Alumni Association


Ms. Lauren Huchingson

Vice Chair, Intercampus Student Council (UMR student)


Mr. Nicholas Koechig

Chair, Intercampus Student Council (UMSL student)

St. Louis

Mr. Rocky Levell

UMKC Alumni Association


Mr. Alan Marshall

Chair, Intercampus Staff Council


Dr. James Mobberley

Curators' Professor, Music

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Kent Peaslee

Curators' Teaching Professor, Metallurgical Engineering

University of Missouri-Rolla

Dr. Lloyd Richardson

Curators' Teaching Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Robert Ricklefs

Curators' Professor, Biology

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Mr. James H. Ross

CEO, University of Missouri Health Care