Board of Curators to name new UM System president Tuesday

Monday, December 12, 2011 | 10:36 a.m. CST; updated 10:29 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System will name its 23rd president Tuesday.

The UM System Board of Curators will announce the new president at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

The announcement concludes a yearlong presidential search that began in January when Gary Forsee stepped down to care for his ill wife. Steve Owens has served as interim president since January and has said he plans to return to his former position as system general counsel when a new president is named.

On Friday, board Chairman Warren Erdman announced that the presidential search committee — which is made up of the board of curators — had finished its deliberations and chosen a finalist. He said the curators still had to work out employee agreement details and ratify the decision before the candidate could be named.

Erdman has been careful throughout the search to protect candidates' identities and wouldn't speculate on details of the person or name of the board's finalist Friday.

Erdman said the search came down to four interviews with candidates, second interviews and telephone follow-ups before the search committee settled on a single finalist. The final candidate was present and was interviewed Dec. 6 at a presidential search advisory committee meeting at Mizzou Arena.

The new president will visit each of the system's campuses Tuesday and Wednesday and will take office in mid-February.

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