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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 7:00 am

Members of the Murray State University Presidential Search Committee will begin screeing applicants as early as this week.

Representatives from search firm Witt/Kieffer have compiled an applicant pool and have indicated they are pleased with the results. That’s according to committee member and student government president Jeremiah Johnson.

Now, Johnson said, it’s up to members to begin reviewing applicant materials in preparation for an early December meeting where the nine-person committee will select the top 12 applicants.

The committee will interview the 12 in mid-January at an off-site location for applicant convenience. Traditionally, Johnson said, those early interviews are conducted in Nashville, nearest an airport. By February, Johnson said the committee hopes to have a smaller group of presidential hopefuls of around four or five.

In a campus-wide email update Thursday, Committee Chair Stephen Williams said that group will interview with the full Board of Regents and tour the main campus, concluding the committee’s work. Williams said he is pleased with the work of Witt/Kieffer.

The search firm, he said, advertised the open position well, making a comprehensive university profile available online and advertising in the October edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education and on their online posting.

Williams said he hopes the Board of Regents can make a decision on a new Murray State president by March.

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