Presidential Search Update

A presidential search committee has been formed and its co-chairs are in the process of recruiting representatives from the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Kirksville community.

Cheryl Cozette, secretary of the Board of Governors, and Debra Kerby, dean of the School of Business, will serve as the search committee co-chairs. Board chair Sarah Burkemper announced the pair following the board’s June 11 meeting. The board is committed to conducting a national search that will attract the very best candidates as well as making sure the next president is selected based on the advice gathered from the Truman community and friends of the University.

The campus will be provided ample time to give input to the board and the search committee before recruitment begins. This will occur through meetings conducted by the search consultants and an online survey that solicits input from the campus. After the presidential search committee has selected finalists, but before the board interviews these individuals, a group of key stakeholders drawn from faculty, staff, students and other constituents will interview the finalists. The stakeholders will provide perspectives to the board concerning the finalists. The board will include these perspectives in their deliberations.

The board will continue to provide information about the progress of the search through the various stages of recruitment, evaluation and selection. Updates will also be posted at