The search for the University of Missouri's next president was guided by one unwavering principle: keep candidate names secret. But such confidential searches are hardly the norm on the MU campus.
The Missouri School of Law has publicly named five finalists in its search for a new dean. Those candidates will each spend two days on campus getting grilled by students, faculty and others.
University officials defend the presidential search secrecy as necessary to attract top candidates without the risk of retaliation from their current employers. Missouri curator Warren Erdman says those promises are even more important when looking at potential leaders from politics or private industry.
The university system hired former Massachusetts software executive Timothy Wolfe in December. The Missouri graduate begins work in Columbia next week.