MSU Hires Firm to Begin Presidential Search

It was fairly quiet on Midwestern State University on Monday afternoon, but business was underway inside J.S. Bridwell Board Room.

In a special board meeting, the Board of Regents discussed the future of the university and its presidential search.

Shawn Hessing, Chairman of the Board of Regents, explained what the board would like in a President.

"The one thing that is important to me and I think the board would echo is this that they must have a passion for higher education, a passion for Midwestern State University and frankly a passion for the city of Wichita Falls," said Hessing.

In May, MSU President Dr. Jesse W. Rogers announced his plans to retire during a Board of Regents meeting.

Dr. Rogers has been at MSU for the last four decades. He has served as President of the University for 13-years. He will retire on August 31, 2015.

Hessing said choosing a candidate to replace Dr. Rogers comes down to finding someone whose vision is in line with his; ensuring the University continues to succeed and grow.

"We've been talking a lot about some facilities, growth opportunities, and some academic opportunities within the university and Iwould love for Dr. Rogers to be able to share his views on that and the continuity of someone coming in here will be maintained," said Hessing.

Hessing said they received proposals from over eight search firms. All he believes were highly qualified.

"That's why were in session so long," said Hessling. "Very well respected search firm in the country. We're going to do a national search for a president. So we wanted to make sure we pick the right firm."

The board approved Academic Search an executive search firm, based in Washington, D.C. to seek candidates to fill Dr. Rogers position.

Hessing said their goal is to find someone who will bring fresh ideas, knows the university history and be able to take the university forward.

The Board of Regents will form a search committee consisting of board members, a dean, faculty, staff, students, and community members. It plans to release the names of those committee members later this week.

The Board of Regents meets again, Aug. 7 -8 and during those meetings, Academic Search the company they hired to search for candidates will give a presentation and will also try and help identify a hiring timeline.

The Board Chairman said he expects once the firm becomes involved, the process to find a new president will begin immediately. He said he would like to have an offer extended and person named in Spring 2015.

, Newschannel 6