Twelve Members of Presidential Search Advisory Committee Announced

Twelve Members of Presidential Search Advisory Committee Announced

Twelve Members of Presidential Search Advisory Committee Announced

The Midwestern State University Board of Regents today announced the appointment of a 12-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee that will play an active role in the selection of the University's 11th president. The Board also announced on Monday the selection of Academic Search, a nationally recognized firm as the search consultant.

"The search advisory committee was selected to give a voice to all stakeholders of Midwestern State University. Each member brings varied expertise and experiences to the committee as well as a deep understanding of the University," said Shawn Hessing, chair of the MSU Board of Regents. "I want to express my sincere gratitude for these individuals who have agreed to dedicate their time, effort, and energy into this extensive process."


Presidential Search Advisory Committee membership

 Members of the Midwestern State University Board of Regents:

Shawn Hessing, Chairman

Mike Bernhardt, Vice Chairman

Caven Crosnoe, Board Member

Tiffany Burks, Board Member

 Members from the Midwestern State University faculty:

David Carlston, Chairman of MSU Faculty Senate and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ranette Halverson, Professor of Computer Science

 Member from the Midwestern State University deans:

Samuel Watson III,  Dean of the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 Member from the Midwestern State University staff:

Dirk Welch, Chairman of the MSU Staff Senate and Director of Career Management and Testing

 Members from the community/MSU alumni:

Mac Cannedy Jr., Accountant and Regent Emeritus

Darrell Coleman, MSU alumnus and former newspaper publisher

Carol Gunn, MSU alumna and former regent

 Member from the Midwestern State University student body:

Rebecca Stogner, President of the MSU Student Government Association


In addition, Debbie Barrow, Director of Board and Government Relations, and Barry Macha, General Counsel, have agreed to serve as senior staff and coordinators of the committee.


Following a comprehensive selection process including review of proposals, interviews, and reference checks, the Board of Regents selected Academic Search to support the presidential search. The firm has conducted dozens of presidential searches, including Arkansas Tech University, Columbia College, McMurry University, Philander Smith College, University of Alabama, Texas A&M University, Abilene Christian University, and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  The next step in the process will be an introductory meeting of the Board of Regents, the committee, and the search firm.


"The Board was impressed by Academic Search's record of matching universities with the right candidates as well as their remarkable references. Academic Search will be a tremendous help in the evaluation and selection of candidates for the presidency."


As announced at the May board meeting, this year marks President Jesse W. Rogers 48th and final year with the university as he will retire August 31, 2015. Rogers was named the 10th president of the university in 2001.