Search under way for MUW leader

JACKSON – The search for Mississippi University for Women’s next leader has officially kicked off, Commissioner of Higher Education Hank Bounds announced Wednesday.
The goal is to have that president named by the end of the calendar year, Bounds said.
The new president will replace Claudia Limbert, who retired in June. Allegra Brigham has filled that role in an interim capacity since then.
The state college board is seeking nominations for members of a Campus Search Advisory Committee that will help with the search and recommend candidates to be interviewed.
That committee, Bounds said, will represent all stakeholder groups, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.
“We want to make certain we capture the best thinking of all of those groups regarding the skill set the next president needs to possess,” Bounds said. “It gives us the opportunity to take stock of MUW’s history, its current situation and its future progress.”
Listening sessions with teachers, students and alums will be conducted during the fall, as will interviews and campus visits by the preferred candidate. Parker Executive Search of Atlanta will conduct the search.
The IHL also had to fill presidential openings at Alcorn State University and Jackson State University last fall. The plan was to fill those vacancies first and begin the MUW search after the legislative session, Bounds said.
“The session ended about a week ago,” he said, “and this is as quick as humanly possible we could conduct the search.”

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