Want help choosing Missouri’s next president? Public forums are set for three finalists

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The search committee has narrowed down a pool of 48 candidates for Missouri state chairman. The university’s Board of Education has narrowed the shortlist to just Three finalists.

Now the community — and students, staff and faculty at the Springfield and West Plains campuses — will get a closer look at the three men vying to be the university’s 12th president.

Dean John Jasinski, former president of Northwest Missouri State University, is the only internal candidate. Roger Thompson is Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at the University of Oregon. And Richard “Biff” Williams recently completed a decade serving as president of Utah Tech University.

All three have a history of growing enrollment and programs. Each of them has participated in raising the level of the universities in which they work.

On Friday, the university announced the details of their visits and interviews on campus:

Jasinski

John Jasinski

John Jasinski

  • Springfield Campus – Open Forum at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, February 27 in the Plaster Student Union

  • West Plains Campus – An open forum at 1:30 pm Monday, February 26 in Fowler Lecture Hall in Looney Hall, and a community reception at 2:45 pm in Kellett Hall

Thompson

Roger Thompson

Roger Thompson

  • Springfield Campus – Open Forum at 2:30pm Thursday, February 29th in the Plaster Student Union

  • West Plains Campus – Open Forum at 1:30 PM Wednesday, February 28 in Fowler Lecture Hall in Looney Hall, Community Reception at 2:45 PM in Kellett Hall

Williams

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

  • Springfield Campus – Open Forum at 2:30 pm on Thursday, February 15 in the Plaster Student Union

  • West Plains Campus – Open Forum at 1:30 PM Wednesday, February 14 in Fowler Lecture Hall, and Community Reception at 2:45 PM in Kellett Hall

Campus and community members who interact with the candidates will be asked to provide feedback through online surveys at Presidential Search tab at MissouriState.edu.

The MSU Board of Governors is expected to finalize a successor to Cliff Smart — who has been serving as president, initially as interim, since 2011 — no later than March.

A 20-member search committee was formed, chaired by banker Rob Fulp, and included MSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, university and community administrators, and board members.

more: A look at Missouri’s three presidents’ finalists through a sports lens

In all, 48 candidates completed their applications for the university’s top job. The names of the applicants have not been revealed publicly.

After an extensive review, 11 candidates were invited for in-person interviews January 3-5 at a Kansas City airport hotel. The university said the group was diverse “in terms of race, gender, age, geographic region, institutional size, and professional background.”

Four candidates emerged as top contenders, which led to background and reference checks, but one withdrew for personal reasons.

This article originally appeared on the Springfield News-Leader: Want help choosing the next MSU president? Public forums dedicated to finalists

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