Committee to find new UMR chancellor

Friday, September 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:51 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

A 17-member search committee has been appointed to find a new chancellor for the University of Missouri-Rolla.

“This is a well-qualified and broadly representative panel,” UM system President Elson Floyd said in a release. “Its members are vitally interested in the future of UM-Rolla as a nationally known research institution and Missouri’s technological university.”

Gary Thomas, chancellor of UMR since September 2000, plans to retire on Aug. 31, 2005.

Larry Gragg, chairman of the department of history and political science at UMR, will lead the committee, which will review qualified applicants and recommend finalists to Floyd. A higher education placement firm will assist the committee on the national search.

All committee members are from the UMR campus or the Rolla area. One member, Larry Hendren, is president of Engineering Surveys and Services in Columbia.

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