UM System decides on new president

The University of Missouri has chosen its next president and expects to announce its decision next week.

By Joseph Leahy (St. Louis, Mo.)

Board of Curators Chairman Warren Erdman said a search committee began with a pool of more than 100 candidates from academic and non-academic backgrounds alike.

"We had four interviews and we worked our way down to a couple second interviews. Then there were a few telephone follow-ups.  In the end, the committee recommended a single finalist," Erdman said.

The university is seeking a replacement for Gary Forsee who stepped down in January to care for his ailing wife. Erdman also said the committee will announce its decision after finalizing contract negotiations.