Published: Sept. 25, 2018

Expert firm selected to guide MSU’s presidential search

Contact(s): Emily Guerrant University Spokesperson office: 517-355-6560, General media office: 517-353-7077

After an extensive review of all proposals, the presidential search committee has selected Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates as the firm to lead the search for MSU’s 21st president.

“The experience of a highly reputable firm such as Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is invaluable to a university like MSU,” said Dianne Byrum, MSU trustee and presidential search committee co-chair. “Their proven ability to identify and recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds is particularly helpful for organizations seeking change.”

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is a woman- and minority-owned firm that specializes in higher education executive searches. The firm has extensive experience conducting presidential searches on behalf of public research universities including Florida State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wayne State University.

“Their expertise is grounded in their firsthand knowledge of higher education and in their team’s understanding of the unique culture and challenges of each institution with which they work,” said Melanie Foster, MSU trustee and presidential search committee co-chair.

The Storbeck/Pimentel team working with MSU will be led by Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner, as well as partners R. Thomas Fitch and Susan VanGilder.

Storbeck/Pimentel representatives will join presidential search committee members at the campus community input session on:
• Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Kellogg Center, Big Ten Room A
• Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room

The committee welcomes feedback regarding characteristics, qualifications and criteria for the university’s next president, as well as thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing MSU. Comments may be made at the input sessions or submitted confidentially online.