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CMU chooses presidential search firm

Witt/Kieffer to support process to select Ross' replacement, plans campus forums

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm for more than 45 years, has been selected to support Central Michigan University in recruiting its 15th president.

Witt/Kieffer is the largest and most experienced executive search firm devoted to organizations that improve quality of life: higher education, health care, life science companies and not-for-profit organizations. Its approach is centered on understanding organizational needs and the client's definition of great leadership.

The firm last year supported the successful hiring of new presidents at CMU peer institutions Ball State and Ohio University.

"We vetted a number of firms and determined that Witt/Kieffer has the expertise and approach to be a tremendous partner," said Trustee Tricia Keith, chair of CMU's search advisory committee.

"Witt/Kieffer values the input of the entire university community as we identify key qualifications and traits, and they have the reputation and connections to help us secure excellent candidates," she said.

Next steps in the search process include the scheduling of forums to gather university input. Forums will be announced as soon as dates are set.

The Board of Trustees appointed a 13-member search advisory committee during its Feb. 15 meeting.

President George E. Ross on Jan. 22 announced he will step down at the end of July, after leading CMU for eight years.

Board Chair William Weideman on the same day praised Ross, pledged continued support of university priorities and announced the search process would begin immediately.

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