WMU News

Presidential candidates to visit campus

April 1, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Five candidates for the presidency of Western Michigan University will visit the campus during the next three weeks for public sessions and for public interviews by the Board of Trustees.

Here are the days and dates for each candidate's public sessions:

Both Brownell and Zinser will give public presentations at 4:15 p.m. in the Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at WMU. Each will be interviewed in a public session of the Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

The public presentations by Noren and Floyd are scheduled for 4:15 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall, and their board interviews will be at 7:30 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. The public presentation by Beggs is set for 4:15 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall, and his board interview will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center.

At their public presentation, each of the five candidates has been asked to address the topic, "WMU--An Ascending National University on Its Way to Research II Status." Each candidate has been asked to identify the next steps to maintain WMU's current momentum and to reach that goal.

WMU is currently classified as the state's only public Doctoral I university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Research II status is the next level up.

The five finalists for the position were recommended to and accepted by the Board of Trustees at its last meeting March 20. A 10-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee made the recommendation from among about 60 candidates for the position. The Board of Trustees is expected to select one of the candidates at its next meeting Friday, April 24.

The committee, whose work is complete, included representatives of the faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni and public. It was chaired by Richard G. Haworth, a member and immediate past chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

WMU President Diether H. Haenicke announced his plans last summer to retire from the presidency July 31 and return to the faculty after 13 years as president. He is the second longest serving president of a public university in Michigan.

Both the public presentations and public interviews of each candidate are expected to be carried live on Channel 7 of WMU's EduCABLE television system.

Information on the search and selection of the next president of WMU is available from Betty A. Kocher, secretary to the Board of Trustees, at (616) 387-2360, on the World Wide Web at <www.wmich.edu/wmu/search> and by calling (616) 387-4004 for a recorded message.

Media contact: Mike Matthews; michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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