The search for Midwestern State University's 11th president is underway.
On Monday, Academic Search, the search firm handling the search for the university's new leader held three open forum meetings to hear student, faculty, and community members' thoughts about what they would like to see in a new president.
Newschannel 6 was at all three meetings. To wrap up the day of open-forums, the search firm met with community members. Two dozen people gathered inside Dillard College of Business to express their views and concerns.
Many are worried about the next president not staying on track, in the direction retiring president, Dr. Jesse Rogers has been leading.
"This process is not about finding someone with the right credentials. It's about finding the right president for Midwestern in 2015," said Eric Rickmeyer, a lead consultant with Academic Search.
Community members stressed the importance of the next president being involved on and off campus. They hope he can transition MSU to be the cornerstone of this community, not just a university in Wichita Falls.
Many believe that while building a sense of pride within the community through businesses and economic development, MSU can help Texoma thrive.
"We need to train our young people to stay right here in this area and grow the businesses of North Texas and make Wichita County what it needs to be," said Bob Hampton, Wichita County treasurer.
The university told Newschannel 6 the search committee will take all the information they gather from all open forum meetings and compile a prospectus. The search firm hopes to have one crafted by the university's board of regents meeting in November.
, Newschannel 6