Miami University to begin nationwide search for president

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 17, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.



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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Miami University officials will search nationwide for a new president with the help of an outside consulting firm, a process they expect to take as long as a year.

Miami University president David Hodge announced this month that he will be stepping down in June of next year after serving as president for ten years

The search is expected to garner applicants from across the country. It will begin sometime this summer after the university forms a search committee and hires a consultant, The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported (http://bit.ly/1cB9yfg).

Ted Pickerill, the college's secretary to the board of trustees, said no budget has been set for hiring a search consultant.

Bryan Marshall, a political science professor and the chairman of the Miami University Senate, said he hopes the next president will push forward the same initiatives as Hodge, such as a commitment to liberal arts.

"I think it's going to be critical that the faculty be engaged throughout the process," Marshall said.

He said the new president will need to adapt to fiscal challenges posed by changing financial support from the state and continue to recruit a diverse workforce and student body.

Representatives with Miami's professor advocacy program said they want the president to consult faculty more often on big decisions and pay part-time professors better wages.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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