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CMU begins the search for its 15th president

Searching for CMU's next leader

Students, faculty, staff, and community members invited to attend open forums with search advisory committee

Contact: Ari Harris


​The Board of Trustees' presidential search advisory committee invites the campus community to provide input on Central Michigan University's next leader. Together with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, the committee will host a series of open forums to solicit feedback from CMU stakeholders.

Developing the job description

The committee is charged with identifying and soliciting the best candidates for the position of president but first must develop a leadership profile and position prospectus. Faculty, staff, students and community members have several opportunities to provide input on leadership competencies and experience desired for an ideal candidate.

Open forums are scheduled from 5-5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in French Auditorium in the Education and Human Services Building, and 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, March 23, in the Powers Hall Ballroom.

A forum especially for students takes place from 7-7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in French Auditorium.

Individuals who are not able to participate in the open forums may submit comments to presidentialsearch@cmich.edu.

In addition, targeted forums will be scheduled with members of the Academic Senate, alumni board, advancement board and senior leadership team.

Ross' legacy of leadership

In January, President George E. Ross announced he would step down on July 31. On the same day, William H. Weideman, chair of the CMU Board of Trustees, said the search for a new president would begin immediately.

"Rest assured that Central Michigan University's position as a nationally ranked university will remain strong. Our commitment to excellence in academics and student success is unwavering," Weideman said.

Often called "the students' president," Ross has led the university through an eight-year period of growth and improvement, Weideman said.

During his tenure, CMU increased its financial aid to students nearly 80 percent and improved student retention rates. Under his leadership, CMU implemented the Advancing Excellence strategic plan emphasizing student success, scholarly activity, and partnerships around the state and beyond. He also championed shared governance and communications at the university.

Next steps in the process

A special presidential search website launched Monday to provide information about the search committee, search firm and process.


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