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Search for 15th president moves forward

Candidates narrowed, interviews to begin soon

Contact: Heather Smith

The Board of Trustees’ presidential search advisory committee met Tuesday to review more than 70 applications received to date for the top leadership role at Central Michigan University.

They identified the candidates who will be confidentially interviewed by the committee this month. The committee will meet with CMU trustees in late June to discuss the candidates and transition responsibility for the search to the full board.

The board will do its confidential interviews in July. All interviews will be conducted off campus.

“We’re pleased by the quality, range of experience and diversity among candidates, in alignment with our guiding principles for the search,” said Trustee Tricia Keith, who is chairing the search advisory committee.

“CMU clearly is attractive. We’re viewed as having an impressive history, with high-impact initiatives underway and great possibilities for the future as we work collaboratively and continuously to support students in evolving careers,” she said.

The search remains on track for a new president to be announced by the end of July, Keith said. She reminds the CMU community, however, that finding the right candidate is the ultimate priority — more than the date.

George E. Ross, CMU’s 14th president, announced in January that he would step down on July 31.

A leadership profile describing CMU and the position is available on the presidential search website.

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