SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s Presidential Search Committee is reviewing a growing number of candidate resumes and moving ahead in its task to appoint a new university president later this year. Current LSSU President Tony McLain, who has served for the past three years, stabilized the university and guided it through an accreditation process, has announced his intention to retire in the coming year.
LSSU Board of Trustees Chair Patrick Egan reported at the group’s most recent meeting that the committee, assisted by search firm EFL Associates, is in a “recruiting and candidate phase” that will have committee members reviewing resumes over the next several weeks. The group is meeting in early October to start winnowing what he characterized as a robust candidate pool.
Following a number of campus and public forums to solicit input on the search, representatives of the search firm compiled a list of skills desired in a new president, including requirements for the position and areas of emphasis. The firm then put together a presidential prospectus, which was submitted to prospective candidates and is available on the LSSU website.
“The search is continuing, and we are seeking qualified candidates from across the nation,” said Jan Asnicar, vice president of EFL Associates. “We are pleased with the progress made in attracting a strong pool of presidential candidates and we encourage continued nominations. We expect that in early November the committee will be able to meet with candidates and decide on finalists to bring to campus.
Egan encouraged regional community members, LSSU employees and students to continue to submit possible candidates for the position.
“If you know someone who you feel would be qualified and interested, we encourage you to work through the search process and let us know. We’ll follow up,” he said. He directed those interested to the page set up on the LSSU website to learn more about the position.
Egan said the LSSU Board of Trustees regards this national search as one of the more important events the university will undertake, as it will influence the direction of the institution for years to come.
LSSU trustees selected a new member of the search committee to replace former LSSU Human Resources Director Marta Warren, who recently left the employ of the school. LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates will take Warren’s place, representing LSSU administration.
In addition to Coates, the committee’s membership includes: Scot Lindemann, Ann Parker and Egan, from the LSSU Board of Trustees; Lee Freedman, Nancy Neve, Prof. Marshall Werner and Doug Jones, representing LSSU employees and the student body; and community representatives Patricia Caruso, representing the LSSU Alumni Association; David Jahn, CEO, War Memorial Hospital; Aaron Payment, chair, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; and Larry Westby, representing the LSSU Foundation.
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