Published: July 19, 2018

Board of Trustees seeks proposals to lead search for next president

Contact(s): Emily Guerrant University Spokesperson office: 517-355-6560

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has issued a request for proposals for a firm to lead the search for MSU’s 21st president, Presidential Search Committee co-chairs Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster announced today.

All qualified firms are encouraged to email their proposal to The entire Michigan State University community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni can follow the presidential search process online at

“Seeking a firm to lead our presidential search is another step forward in finding the next leader of Michigan State University and we are excited to see this process begin to take shape,” said Byrum. “Once selected, our presidential search firm will help us find broad agreement and have a common understanding of our strengths, weaknesses and the challenges facing our university community.”

“During this phase of the presidential search and moving forward, we will continue to call on students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders to tell us the qualities and characteristics they consider most important in their next MSU president,” said Foster. “We will continue approaching this process as one Spartan community, which is imperative to a comprehensive, inclusive and successful search for our next president.”

A search committee will be identified in August. In September, interviews for presidential search firms will be held and a firm will be selected. MSU will continue gathering input on the presidential search from community stakeholders in both small and large groups through the summer and continuing into October.

Presidential candidates will be identified for interviews between November of this year and January 2019. It is the goal of the Board of Trustees to have a new president announced no later than June 2019.


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