Presidential Search Update

The Board of Governors has announced the members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee. These members represent an important part of the search process as they will represent all constituencies (students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Kirksville community at large) in the finalist interviews. The Board of Governors is thankful for the leadership of Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government for their assistance with the selection of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Students/Student Government
Lucasana Barker, sophomore/biology
Brett Combs, sophomore/political science and communication

Faculty/Faculty Governance
Debra Cartwright, business administration
James D’Agostino, English and linguistics

Staff/Staff Council
Michelle Boyd, health and exercise sciences/athletics
Billi Gordy, academic advising/business

President’s Administrative Council/Academic Deans
Janet Gooch, health sciences and education/science and mathematics
Charles Hunsaker, advancement
David Rector, administration, finance and planning

Foundation Board/Alumni
Mike McClaskey (’85)
Matthew W. Potter (’96)

Kirksville Community, at large
Mari Macomber, city manager

Students, faculty, staff and friends of the University should feel free to share with these individuals their vision about the direction of Truman and the characteristics needed to accomplish that vision. It should be understood that members of the committee cannot share any information as they are the key to keeping the identities of the candidates confidential. This applies to the period prior to the interviews, as well as after the next president is chosen, when the names of the other finalists will remain in strict confidence.

Members of the Presidential Search Committee met on campus Dec. 2, along with search consultants R. William Funk and Associates, to begin the work of distilling the pool of applications to semi-finalists. Like the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the members of the Presidential Search Committee represent the various constituents of the University and welcome input from the campus community.

Updates and additional information related to the search can be found on the Presidential Search Committee website located at
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