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The Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees has embarked on a national search for the next president.

President Tim Foster recently announced his plans to retire from the university effective June 30, 2021. Recently, the search committee unveiled a presidential search site to serve as a central location for information and updates on the process.

According to the presidential search site, a nine-person committee has been established. The site states the committee "...represents  a cross-section of University stakeholders." Representatives include members of CMU faculty, staff, and students.

The presidential search site offers the following timeline:

  • February 1, 2021 - Advertising of position/invitation for applications and nominations begins
  • March 1, 2021 - Application deadline for full consideration
  • February 22–March 22, 2021 - Candidate screening by Search Committee
  • Week of March 29, 2021 - Meetings via Zoom between Search Committee and highest scoring candidates
  • Week of April 5, 2021 - Reference checking
  • TBA - Campus visits by finalists including sessions with various university stakeholder groups
  • TBA - Search Committee recommendation to Board of Trustees
  • Mid-May 2021 - Appointment announced

According to the email announcement issued February 9, the members of the committee encourage you to learn more about the search process. Statements from Trustee Ray Anilionis, chair of the CMU Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, are available on the presidential search site.

The presidential search site features links to a tremendous amount of information, including Search Committee Meetings and Minutes, Position Advertising, and past years' Regional Impact Studies.

This should prove to be a fascinating process. Please keep the search site link handy. Looking at past years, CMU has consistently drawn remarkable talent to its faculty. Given Western Colorado's high quality of life, it will be interesting to see the field of candidates this opportunity will draw.

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