University's presidential search process is 'on track and on time'

contact: Cheryl Roland
| WMU News
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The search should be complete by the end of April.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The search for Western Michigan University's ninth president has moved into a new phase, with a campuswide committee examining the credentials of a pool of 78 applicants and preparing for in-person interviews.

"We are on track and on time," Trustee William Johnston told his fellow members of the WMU Board of Trustees at its March 15 meeting. Johnston is chair of a 22-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee. He said the firm the committee is working with—Parker Executive Search—has turned over application materials for what Johnston called "a robust" field of candidates who are "talented and experienced."

The committee members examined the materials and assembled March 16 to narrow the field based on their research and reading of the applications.

"The collective wisdom of that 22-member search committee was engaged, and we selected 10 of those candidates to be interviewed March 22 and 23," Johnston says.

After interviews are completed, the committee will further narrow the group to the names of finalist candidates that will then be delivered to the full board during the first week of April.

"All of the talent and experience of that 22-member search committee as well as the collective wisdom of the board will be used to select the ninth president," Johnston pledged.

The goal, as outlined last fall when the committee began its work, Johnston said, is to have the name of the next WMU president ready to announce at the April meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees. That meeting is slated for Thursday, April 27.

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