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MU holds open forum to help search for new president

COLUMBIA, Mo-Today the University of Missouri held an open forum to hear from the public about what they wanted out of a new president.

The search committee believed that hearing other inputs would prove to be helpful to find a the right person to fill the position.

This comes after Timothy Wolfe stepped down from the position in early November after the protests on campus.

Since then, the University has been looking for the right man or woman to take his place.

“We have a great University here and we have an opportunity to have a leader to take it to even a greater status, so we are very optimistic, ” says Jim Whitaker, one of the Co-chairs for the search committee.

Former president of the Missouri Students Association, Payton Head said this will hopefully give the University a fresh start. “For me the biggest thing I’m looking for is someone who values students. Definitely someone who sees the importance of their role on campus that they play.

The committee hopes this process will be finished by the new school year. Shortly they will develop a qualification statement, a job description, and go to the market sometime in the Spring.

The next stop for the committee will be Kansas City to hold a similar forum.

If you want your voice to be heard in the process, email the search committee at and keep up to track with the latest events at

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