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Selection of the Shawnee State University President

Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the selection of the university president. The Board’s plans for selecting a president to succeed Rita Rice Morris will be announced along with the Board’s announcement of her retirement in June 2015. It is the intention of the Board to utilize an external search firm and a selection process that involves the many internal and external constituencies of the university in an advisory capacity. Their participation will provide the Board members with valuable information in their decision-making. The Board will make the final selection of the new president and approve his/her contract. Deliberations of the Board of Trustees regarding the selection of a president are subject to public meeting and records laws.

The Presidential Search Committee

The Chair of the Board of Trustees will appoint a three member Presidential Search Committee comprised of Trustees whose terms extend through the search period. The Chair of the Board of Trustees will appoint one of the three trustees as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. The Chair of the Board of Trustees will serve as an ex officio member of the search committee. Deliberations of the President Search Committee are subject to public meeting and records laws.

The Role of the Presidential Search committee will be:

  • Select a search firm to assist the Board in its selection of a new president
  • Conduct a national search
  • Utilize an advisory group involving many constituencies in review and interview processes
  • Conduct appropriate interviews and opportunities for introductions of candidates
  • Collect and review feedback from appropriate groups and entities about candidates invited to campus
  • Recommend to the Board of Trustees up to three “acceptable” candidates for the position

The Role of the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee will be:

  • Facilitate the search process
  • Work with the Office of the President to provide oversight of funds allocated for the search
  • Appoint the Presidential Search Advisory Committee
  • Chair and convene meetings of both the Presidential Search Committee and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee
  • Regularly communicate about the progress and status of the search to the Board of Trustees and through the Presidential Search website
  • Negotiate the final contract with the successful candidate for approval by the full Board

Presidential Search

Contact Information

Elizabeth Blevins,
SSU Director of Communications

eblevins@shawnee.edu
(740) 351-3112
(740) 464-4854

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

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