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Search firm to hear thoughts on hiring new MU provost

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:55 p.m. CDT; updated 3:32 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 24, 2014

COLUMBIA — MU's search for a new provost will continue with the help of an executive search committee.

Consultants from the Isaacson, Miller firm will meet with MU faculty, staff and students at 5 p.m. April 30 in Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center to hear ideas about the search for a new provost, according to an email sent Tuesday from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

According to the email, consultants from the Boston-based firm — Michael Baer, Elizabeth Ramos and Amy Segal — will seek feedback in three categories:

  • What do faculty, staff and students want the provost's objectives to be and what they would like the new provost to accomplish?
  • What qualifications and experience should the provost have based on the previous objectives?
  • What are the most important personal qualities that MU faculty, staff and students would like the provost to display?

The search firm will synthesize the information into a position profile after meeting with MU's campus search committee, headed by Judy Wall, curators' professor of biochemistry, molecular microbiology and immunology, according to the email. Wall will lead the forum.

When the search committee has reviewed and approved the profile, the firm will share it with prospective candidates and sources, according to the email.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said there was no timeline in hiring a provost. Former MU Provost Brian Foster retired in December. As chief academic officer, the provost has traditionally been the No. 2 job on campus.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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