The University of Missouri Board of Curators Presidential Search Committee will receive an update today by teleconference.
Spokesman for the UM system Scott Charton said the meeting is to discuss the search process with Baker-Parker, Inc., the consultant firm helping select a candidate. The Presidential Search Committee interviewed candidates during meetings in St Louis in August and September.
Charton said no meeting has been scheduled for the 19-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee to interview candidates. The advisory committee is comprised of faculty, alumni and students from all four campuses. Chairman of the committee Frank Schmidt also confirmed that the committee has not scheduled a meeting.
After the interview process is complete, the next step is for the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to receive a list of candidates who “have sufficiently met criteria to be considered finalists, all of whom could enthusiastically be appointed by the President to the Board of Curators.” The advisory committee will then interview the candidates and provide individual candidate evaluations to the presidential search committee.
The presidential search committee will use the recommendations to determine which candidates will receive a second interview. Following the final interview, the committee will negotiate a contract. If the candidate rejects the job offer, the committee will start negotiations with the second-choice candidate in the finalist pool.
The curators offered the job to New Jersey business executive and MU graduate Terry Sutter earlier this year, but he declined the position for a job in the private sector. The presidential search committee decided to restart the process instead of offering the position to another candidate.
In July, Board President Don Walsworth said he would like to present three to five candidates to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee by the end of August.
Charton said in a previous article that the search process is not on any time table.
“The process is not governed by any clock or calendar,” Charton said.