ROLLA — As expected, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators announced Friday that Gordon Lamb, senior vice president of EFL Associates, will take over as interim UM System president.
After emerging from a closed session in which curators approved Lamb’s appointment, the board read a resolution honoring Elson Floyd, the outgoing UM System president, whose term officially ends Monday. Floyd will remain as a consultant for UM the system through the end of April.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to once again serve this prestigious University of Missouri System,” Lamb said at a press conference following the announcement.
Lamb served as interim University of Missouri-Kansas City chancellor for more than a year following the 1999 resignation of Eleanor Brantley Schwartz. Manuel Pacheco, Floyd’s predecessor as UM system president, recommended Lamb for the position.
Lamb was the interim chancellor at the University of Wisconson-Parkside during the 1997-98 academic year.
“He was very active, very engaged and very involved when he was here,” said Steve McLaughlin, the current vice-chancellor for student services and dean of students. “He reorganized some areas of campus, administratively. He wasn’t a person who sat back ... .”
Although curators considered other candidates for the position, Board President Don Walsworth said, the board unanimously approved Lamb. “We’re just delighted to have the opportunity to have Gordon here,” Walsworth said.
Meanwhile, the search for a new system president continues. Walsworth said the presidential search committee is accumulating names of candidates. Although he was optimistic about the search, Walsworth refused to speculate as to how long the process could last.
Lamb, whose contract with the system is ongoing, will be paid $382,000 annually, a comparable salary to Floyd’s. Lamb, who handles executive searches in higher education for EFL Associates, said he will not take part in the selection process for the new president, nor will he be a candidate for the position.
Lamb resides in Columbia with his wife, Nancy. UM System spokesman Scott Charton said Lamb will not likely move into the president’s residence, although Lamb will entertain guests there.
Missourian reporter Aaron T. Ancel contributed to this story.