June 8, 2011


(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents met via conference call and adopted the charge for the Emporia State University (ESU) Presidential Search Committee. The charge, which can be found on the Board’s website at the following link: , outlines the process by which the next ESU President will be selected.

In addition, the Board directed the Search Committee to recommend to the Board a “Statement of Leadership Characteristics” or position description, which details the criteria for the position of President of ESU. This position description will be used by the Committee to present an unranked list of three to five candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Board for consideration. To assist the Committee in its search the Board has hired Witt-Kieffer, an executive search firm based in Oak Brook, Illinois. The ESU Foundation will cover the expenses related to the search process.

“I am pleased with the pace at which the search for the next President of Emporia State is moving,” said Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, the Vice Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. “The Search Committee now has the tools it needs to begin its mission of finding the best candidates from across the nation to recommend to the Board this fall. This is an important time for the Univeristy and the Emporia community to work together to find the best leader for Emporia State to continue its great mission of service to the students and the State of Kansas.”

Additional details regarding the Emporia State University Presidential Search can be found on the Board’s website at the following link:


About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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