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LSSU Presidential Search Committee holds organizational meetings

Posted: May 8th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The committee to seek the next president of Lake Superior State University reported on its progress during the most recent meeting of the LSSU Board of Trustees and announced that it is seeking input from the community.

Current LSSU President Tony McLain Ph.D., who was hired in June 2009, announced last year that he would serve in his position until December 2013. His contract allows for a six-month extension if a successor is not appointed this fall.

“We are pleased to inform the LSSU community, and the community at large, that the search process for the next president is under way,” said Patrick Egan, chair of the board’s personnel committee. “Our efforts will include a thorough national search via a transparent process, which will be open, and in conformance with all applicable laws, seeking qualified candidates from across the nation. We are committed to conducting an equitable and comprehensive search to attract a strong pool of presidential candidates.”

The Board of Trustees concluded that conducting this national search is one of the most important events the university will undertake, as it will influence the direction of the university for years to come. President McLain is committed to assisting with the transitional process, working with the LSSU community to maintain progress and continuity.

The LSSU Presidential Search Committee has held three organizational meetings, according to committee member Marta Warren, who is director of Human Resources at LSSU. The group discussed committee charge and duties, impact of the Open Meetings Act, and issues involving confidentiality, the search timeline, and the process of the search itself.

“An immediate outcome of these meetings was the decision to use the professional talents of an executive search firm,” Warren said. “As the result of a formal process, search firm candidates will be interviewed this month with the anticipation of a contract award by the end of May.”

In addition, Warren said the search committee is encouraging feedback and has developed a brief survey to help solicit comments from the community. The survey will be online through Friday, May 24.

Membership of the LSSU Presidential Search Committee includes: Scot Lindemann, Ann Parker and Egan, from the LSSU Board of Trustees; Lee Freedman, Nancy Neve, Prof. Marshall Werner, Doug Jones and Warren, representing LSSU employees and the student body; and community representatives Patricia Caruso, representing the LSSU Alumni Association; David Jahn, CEO of War Memorial Hospital; Aaron Payment, chair of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; and Larry Westby, representing the LSSU Foundation.

The committee agreed that information about the search will be posted regularly on the university website,, as it becomes available.

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CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Marta Warren, 635-2697,