Running the UM System is big business

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:51 p.m. CST, Monday, February 2, 2009

Last month, the selection of Gary Forsee, former Sprint Nextel CEO, marked the culmination of an 11-month search for a University of Missouri System president to replace the departed Elson Floyd. Not exactly an orderly process, this exercise was marked by obsession with secrecy, the inevitable leaks accompanying attempts to maintain confidentiality, the offer being declined by the initial choice for the post and, finally, nitpicking the qualifications of the ultimate selectee.