Curators at the University of Missouri are close to choosing the next president for the four-campus system.
They have scheduled a specially called closed-door meeting for 12:30 p.m. Friday in Columbia, and a person close to the presidential selection process told The Kansas City Star that a preferred candidate for system president could be selected this week. But it could be another week before a contract agreement is reached and the board is ready to announce its choice.
Reports have surfaced that Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis may be a finalist for the position. McDavis, the university’s first black president, has held his current position since 2004. But he has announced he is leaving the university and that his last day leading the campus would be June 30.
Ohio University spokeswoman Carly Glick said that “we have no comment” when asked whether McDavis is a finalist for the Missouri presidency.
The new president will replace Tim Wolfe, who resigned last November under mounting pressure from faculty and students who staged a series of protests over racial issues on the Columbia campus.
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