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Public Forums Planned for UCM Presidential Candidates

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 20, 2010) – Public forums for the two finalists seeking to become the 15th president of UCM are planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27 in the James L. Highlander Theatre. Members of the campus and local community are encouraged to attend.

Richard Phillips, president of the university’s Board of Governors, today announced the forums, noting that reference checks and other forms of due diligence regarding each candidate are ongoing this week. On Friday, April 23, the Board expects to release the names of each candidate with biographical information and the date of each candidate’s presentation. He stressed the Board is making every effort to conclude the search by the end of the academic year. The new president will fill a post which has been held by Aaron Podolefsky, whose contract with the university concludes June 30.

Phillips said the two finalists were selected from seven semi-finalists who were interviewed off campus by members of the board and the 20-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, chaired by Michael Wright, dean of the College of Education. Those interviews took place April 12-13 in Kansas City.

“I feel very good about where we are at this time. We had top-flight candidates with a wealth of experiences that could benefit the institution,” Phillips said, also commending the Search Advisory Committee for its participation in the interview process.

He outlined the format for candidate forums. Each will last approximately 45 minutes, providing an opportunity for candidates to speak about their background and experience, and their interest in UCM. Wright will moderate each session and present questions to candidates that have been prepared by members of the Search Advisory Committee prior to the session. Questions will be limited to those prepared by the Search Advisory Committee.