UM System president chooses committee members to pick new vice president

Monday, July 21, 2008 | 6:55 p.m. CDT; updated 12:27 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 26, 2008

COLUMBIA — UM System President Gary Forsee appointed nine people, two of them students, to a committee to figure out who will be the system’s next vice president for academic and student affairs, UM System spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said.

“I just think that he thinks it’s important that all of the constituencies play a role in the selection process especially since the vice president for academic affairs plays such a key role with education with students on campus,” Hollingshead said. “I think it’s important the students be represented in that search.”

Committee members include:




  • University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas F. George, a chemistry and physics professor who will serve as the committee chairman


  • Michael Cook, the Robert D. Partridge chair in cooperative leadership


  • R. Lawrence Dessem, professor and dean of the MU School of Law


  • Timothy A. Farmer, UMSL associate professor of accounting


  • Jennifer Holland, an MU doctoral student in biological sciences and the former president and chairwoman of the Graduate and Professional Student Association


  • Gordon Lamb, UM System executive vice president


  • Mel Tyler, University of Missouri-Kansas City vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management


  • Warren Kent Wray, Missouri University of Science and Technology provost and executive chancellor for academic affairs


  • Beth Groenke, an undergraduate student and former student council president at Missouri S&T



The committee has not yet set a date for its first meeting.

The vice president position was vacated in 2007 when Stephen Lehmkuhle was appointed chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Rochester. Since then, Steve Graham, a former assistant to Lehmkuhle, has been serving as interim vice president for academic and student affairs.

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