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Finalists for SMS President Announced


The three finalists for the position of President at Southwest Missouri State University were announced today. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY SEARCH COMMITTEE HAS PRESENTED ITS LIST OF THREE FINALISTS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL.

AT TODAY'S BOARD OF GOVERNOR'S MEETING, TOM STRONG, A MEMBER OF THE 18-MEMBER SEARCH COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED THE NAMES OF THE FINALISTS.

THE FINALISTS ARE DAVID BELCHER, VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. HE'S ALSO FORMER DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS AT S-M-S.

THE OTHER TWO FINALISTS ARE MICHAEL NIETZEL, PROVOST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY AND JOHN SELLARS OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY.

THE FIRST NAME YOU HEARD WAS DAVID BELCHER. BESIDES BEING VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, HE'S ALSO A FORMER DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS AT S-M-S.

LAST FALL, THE SEARCH COMMITTEE IDENTIFIED THE CHALLENGES FACING THE UNIVERSITY AND THE ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO CONFRONT THOSE CHALLENGES.

TOM STRONG SAYS THE SEARCH COMMITTEE HAD A LARGE POOL OF APPLICANTS.

IT SEEMS MANY SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAD A HARD TIME CHOOSING JUST THREE FINALISTS TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.

JIM GIGLIO, A HISTORY PROFESSOR AND PAST CHAIR OF THE FACULTY SENATE SAYS IT WAS A TOUGH CHOICE BETWEEN THE TOP FIVE APPLICANTS.

NOW THAT THE SEARCH COMMITTEE HAS NAMED ITS THREE FINALISTS, IT'S UP TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO CHOOSE THE NEXT PRESIDENT.

BUT THEY WON'T DO IT ALONE...EACH CANDIDATE WILL VISIT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.

S-M-S IS SEEKING A REPLACEMENT FOR JOHN KEISER WHO IS RETIRING THIS SPRING.