University of Missouri begins search for new president
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2011
The University of Missouri on Thursday took its first steps down the long path toward finding its next president.
The system's Board of Curators met to discuss how they would go about replacing Gary Forsee, who resigned this month to spend time with his ill wife.
On Thursday, curators decided to hire a search consulting firm and agreed they would set no timetable for the hiring process.
"I don't like limiting our options with a deadline. It limits your flexibility," said Warren Erdman, chairman of the board.
Among the things that could cause delays is the fact that some candidates — particularly any who are campus presidents elsewhere — may not be free to leave their current jobs without lengthy notice.
Still, it's likely to be two to three months before the job is even officially posted.