After months of interviewing candidates for the UM System President position, the Board of Curators has sent the process to an advisory committee that will meet Monday in Kansas City.
The 19-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee is responsible for interviewing finalists referred to the committee and providing evaluations to the Board of Curators Chairman Don Walsworth.
All candidates interviewed by the advisory committee “have sufficiently met criteria to be considered finalists, all of whom could enthusiastically be appointed President by the Board of Curators,” according to a presidential search procedures document.
The open meeting will be at the Kansas City Southern building, and the advisory committee will vote for it to go into closed session.
Before the last Board of Curators presidential search meeting, Walsworth thanked Gordon Lamb for filling in as interim president. Lamb took over after former President Elson Floyd left for Washington State University. Walsworth also made a statement stressing the importance of the search.
“It’s always been this board’s feeling that we’re looking for the best man or woman available in the U.S. to serve as president,” he said.
The presidential search committee will determine which candidates will receive a second interview after they receive feedback from the advisory committee. 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.