Another month, another meeting as the Pittsburg State presidential search committee rolls onward.

Another month, another meeting as the Pittsburg State presidential search committee rolls onward.
The group met Thursday morning to discuss the early results of the recruitment process as well as addressing the next steps to be taken in the search.
Lucy Leske, with Witt/Kieffer search company, told the committee that they have received 32 applications and 15 formal nominations, with some overlap between the two lists. She also described this tally as a “sober” number that should make committee members “not exuberant.”
“We really get the notion with people that people are anxious,” she said. “There is a tremendous amount of anxiety right now. People are looking to which state will have the toughest time with budget issues. We’re working hard on recruiting more people to the pool.”
Of those 32 applications, Leske described five of them as “really quite promising.” She also described that applicants came from a range of backgrounds, including provosts ready to move up, deans, some from outside academia, and several local people from the four-state region.
Leske also said that if Witt/Kieffer could find eight more “high, high quality nominees out of recruitment, we’d be really happy.”
The next meeting is Feb. 24, when the committee will narrow down the candidate pool to a list of eight-12 people. Those eight-12 will then be interviewed at a remote location in mid-March.
Committee chairman Bill Docking said he expects the committee to send three to five names to the Kansas Board of Regents some time in late April or early May.

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.