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Mazachek named sole finalist for MSU Texas president

Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on Monday named JuliAnn Mazachek, Ph.D., as the sole finalist for president of Midwestern State University.

Mazachek is currently the vice president for academic affairs, chief academic officer and associate professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

“We were looking for someone that would have not only the background in higher education that was necessary for the nuts and bolts of running a university but if possible, look for someone who had a really good business background as well,” Tedd L. Mitchell, Texas Tech University chancellor, said.

The board approved the decision unanimously at the end of their special-called teleconference meeting.

“It’s very important to the Texas Tech University System that the recommendation that would come out of this committee was steeped and approved by and engaged by the Wichita Falls community,” Mark Griffin, board of search committee vice chairman, said. “They knew better than we of the tech system of who this person needed to be.”

They conducted a national search to find the university’s 12th president starting in fall 2021.

“When you’re looking for that type of leader that can be transformative in young folks lives and offering them opportunities like this, it was one of the things that made her stand out,” Mitchell said.

She would take the position from interim president James Johnston, and Mazachek would be the second woman after Suzanne Shipley to serve as MSU Texas’ president.

“She brings particular credentials that I think ensure not only the growth and opportunities that can exist at MSU Texas but also an engagement in the community,” Griffin said.

According to state law, 21 days must pass before final action can be taken on employment once a sole finalist has been named.

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