BSU Trustees: 'Not Going To Let Time Pressure Us' Into Choosing New Prez

Mar 14, 2016

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Board of Trustee members at Ball State University say a search for the school’s new president could take well into the next academic year.

Ball State Trustee Chairman Rick Hall says the Muncie school will not speed the presidential search process so that a new leader could start when the academic year does in August.

“We’re going to move methodically and thoughtfully forward, but we’re also not going to let time pressure us into a decision that we don’t feel 100 percent comfortable with,” says Hall. “Because Ball State University deserves the very best person.”

Hall says he won’t put a timeline on the effort at all.

At Monday’s board meeting, Hall named Ball State trustee Matt Momper, who was attending the meeting by telephone, as head of the search committee … and says they’ll name others next month. 

The men also say the school will hold several public forums in late April to get input from students, faculty, and alumni on what they want to see in the next president. Dates for those meetings have not yet been set. 

Hall says the university will also hire a professional consulting firm to help lead the search, as it has for past presidential searches.