Committee to review finalists in UM System presidential search

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 6:00 p.m. CST; updated 4:56 p.m. CST, Monday, December 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — The search for a new University of Missouri System president may be nearing its end.

The UM System Board of Curators has narrowed the presidential search to a list of finalists that has been passed along to the presidential search advisory committee, which is made up of students, faculty and alumni representing all aspects of the UM System.

The advisory committee will review the finalists Tuesday morning in a closed-door executive session at Mizzou Arena's Clinton Club.

UM System spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said several curators will receive feedback from the advisory committee, either in person or on the phone, later in the afternoon Tuesday. The full board will then consider the feedback at its regularly scheduled December meeting Thursday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Board Chairman Warren Erdman said that he could not comment on the number of finalists or if those candidates have been notified of their status as finalists, but that the curators will consider the advisory committee's report Thursday and "decide where to go from there at that time."

When asked when he thinks a new president will be named, Erdman said, "We will not know the answer to this question until the search committee completes its work and the Board of Curators considers the committee's report and recommendation."

Hollingshead said it is likely the advisory committee chairman will address the media following Tuesday's meeting, but cautioned that he would not make any announcements — all official announcements will be made by the board.

The Board of Curators met as the presidential search committee for the sixth time in seven weeks last Friday.

The search has been shrouded in secrecy, and very little is known about any potential candidates.

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