WMU's presidential search nears conclusion

Contact: Cheryl Roland
| WMU News
Photo of WMU presidential medallion.

Three candidates recommended to the WMU Board of Trustees

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's nationwide search for its ninth president has quickly moved into the home stretch, with a decision by WMU's Board of Trustees expected soon.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee spent two days in late March—March 22 and 23—conducting airport interviews with nine candidates selected by the campuswide committee from among the 78 members of the candidate pool. Following those interviews, the committee further narrowed the field, reaching consensus on three candidates to recommend to the WMU Board of Trustees.

The recommendations were delivered to the board March 28. The search committee reported to trustees that the candidate pool was rich in both diversity and experience and included a number of current educational leaders in prominent higher education roles.

WMU trustees focused on the three recommended candidates during interviews in Detroit early in the week of April 3 and are expected to make a final decision in the near future, based on those in-depth interviews. The final step in the process will be for the board to vote on its selection during a formal public session.

The person selected will replace President John M. Dunn in the role of campus chief executive. Dunn announced in August 2016 that he would be retiring at the June 30 close of this academic year. He has served as WMU president for 10 years. The search for a new president has been guided by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, led by WMU Trustee William Johnston and comprised of 22 members representing every part of the campus community. The committee is the largest ever involved in a WMU presidential search.

Learn more about the search for WMU's ninth president at wmich.edu/presidentialsearch.

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