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|Zach|
09-16-2004, 01:25 PM
Kaiser is stepping down in '05. This is your chance Planet members.

http://www.news.smsu.edu/news/releases/sept04/pres_search.htm

Presidential Search Committee discusses screening process

SPRINGFIELD — The official ads have been out less than a week and the deadline is not until Nov. 8, but already there are six applicants and 14 nominations for the new President at Southwest Missouri State University. On Thursday, the Presidential Search Committee spent time discussing the screening process it will use once it begins reviewing the applications after Nov. 8.

During yesterday’s two-hour meeting, the Committee agreed on threshold numbers for the screening process. More than 100 applications are expected for the position. The Committee agreed to screen the total to 18 for a more intense evaluation. Based on that evaluation, no more than eight will be chosen for interviews with the Committee. Ultimately, the three finalists will be forwarded to the Board of Governors for consideration.

“The Committee continues to define the process that will be used to select the finalists for president of SMS,” said Michael Franks, chair of the Search Committee. “By setting these target thresholds now, the Committee continues to fulfill its commitment to the original time frame and to a transparent process which is visible to our applicants, as well as the entire university community.”

Over the next several weeks, the Committee members will be drafting potential questions to ask both the candidates and the references for those candidates. The next meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 7.

Presidential Search web site address is: www.smsu.edu/presidentialsearch/

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 01:30 PM
Eh... I'd rather be Chancellor of UMR.

09/01/2004 17:29
Chancellor Thomas announces plans to step down in 2005

By UMR PUBLIC RELATIONS

Dr. Gary Thomas, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla since September 2000, announced on Sept. 1, 2004, that he will step down from the position in September 2005.

Thomas, 67, announced his plans during a meeting of the UMR Chancellor’s Council, which consists of department chairs, directors and other campus and student leaders. The council met at noon today in Centennial Hall of University Center-East on campus.

The process to search for Thomas’ successor is expected to begin soon.

“When I arrived at UMR in the fall of 2000, I planned to devote five years to help the campus improve its standing among the nation’s best technological universities,” Thomas says. “I believe much has been accomplished over the past four years and more progress needs to take place in the future to assure that UMR takes its rightful place as one of the best technological universities in the nation.”

As chancellor, Thomas worked to increase UMR’s enrollment, retention and graduation rates, broaden the university’s academic offerings, increase research funding and strengthen relationships with alumni. He also helped secure the two largest private gifts in UMR’s history and initiated construction of two new buildings scheduled to open later this year, all during a time of unprecedented state budget cuts to higher education.

“Gary Thomas was the right leader at the right time for UMR,” says Zebulun Nash of Houston, president of the MSM-UMR Alumni Association and site manager for ExxonMobil’s Baytown (Texas) Chemical Plant. “He has done a tremendous job of changing the culture and the environment on campus, all for the better, and is to be commended for addressing systemic issues that have needed to be addressed for a long time.

“From the alumni association’s standpoint, Chancellor Thomas has done yeoman’s work to strengthen relations between alumni and the university,” says Nash, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UMR in 1972. “We will miss him, and will continue to pray for him and his family.”

Adds Ron Miller of Sapphire, N.C., president of the UMR Board of Trustees, “Gary Thomas has been an outstanding leader for the University of Missouri-Rolla. He and his leadership team have initiated many necessary changes to help get the university on track toward becoming one of the nation’s leading technological universities. It’s regrettable that Gary has decided to leave UMR at the end of his five-year commitment, but I respect his decision and wish him well in his future endeavors.

“As we look toward the future, it will be critical for the next chancellor to maintain the direction and momentum that Gary has begun,” Miller says.

Upon taking the helm at UMR on Sept. 1, 2000, Thomas quickly focused on what he called his “three immediate priorities” as chancellor: “enrollment, enrollment, enrollment.” At that time, the student population had been in steady decline since 1993, when on-campus enrollment was at 5,201 and total enrollment (including off-campus enrollment) was 5,681. By the time Thomas arrived, on-campus enrollment had dropped to 4,393, a decline of 808 students, or 15.5 percent since 1993, and total enrollment was 4,748.

Total enrollment for UMR this fall is expected to be close to 5,500 students, an increase of 15.8 percent over the fall 2000 figure. Over the past two years, UMR has instituted an enrollment cap for incoming freshmen engineering students in an effort to better manage enrollment growth during a time of budget reductions. During a three-year recession in Missouri, the annual state appropriation to UMR dropped by $8 million, or 15.4 percent from the $52 million appropriation for the 2000-2001 fiscal year.

To stem UMR’s enrollment decline, the campus broadened its academic offerings and created the School of Management and Information Systems, which offers degrees in business, management, information systems and related programs. UMR also expanded the academic offerings in the campus’ three other academic units, initiated specialized certificate programs, and strengthened transfer programs with community colleges throughout the state.

Other accomplishments include increasing UMR’s six-year graduation rate by 15 percent over the past four years; more than doubling externally funded research expenditures to $35 million in 2004, increasing private donations to the campus, and increasing the number of African-Americans to earn engineering degrees from UMR.

At UMR, Thomas succeeded Dr. John T. Park, who had served as chancellor since March 1992. Previously a provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, Thomas also had served in several academic and administrative posts at NJIT and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At Stony Brook, his duties included chair of electrical engineering, associate dean of the graduate school, and chair for the Energy Technology Laboratory.

A native of California, Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. He earned his master’s degree in physics and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC-Berkeley in 1962 and 1967, respectively.

“Chancellor Thomas’ experienced leadership and expertise have served Missouri’s technological university extremely well,” UM System President Elson S. Floyd says. “The University of Missouri-Rolla is a stronger institution as a result of Gary’s contributions in such important areas as research expenditures, federal funding, student enrollment, residential life, and private gifts.

“I have found Gary Thomas to be a genuine pleasure to work with and I will continue to value his wise counsel during the remaining year of his chancellorship.”

Floyd announced that he would consult with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UMR before appointing a search committee in the coming weeks to begin a nationwide search for Thomas’ successor.

http://www.umr.edu/index.php?id=864&backPID=246&begin_at=4&tt_news=460

Rain Man
09-16-2004, 01:36 PM
Do I get my own helicopter? Because that's not negotiable.

|Zach|
09-16-2004, 01:37 PM
Do I get my own helicopter? Because that's not negotiable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/upload/2/29/Heli.robinsonr44.750pix.jpg

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 01:38 PM
Haha. It's purple. Rain Man's a homo.

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 01:39 PM
If anyone were to actually read that article I posted, you'd learn that Thomas was stepping down after completing his "five year plan". :)

ChiTown
09-16-2004, 01:42 PM
If anyone were to actually read that article I posted, you'd learn that Thomas was stepping down after completing his "five year plan". :)

CP and Chancellor Thomas, separated at birth? :eek:

Rain Man
09-16-2004, 02:16 PM
Haha. It's purple. Rain Man's a homo.


I...uh...I have no response. I'll blame the last president.

|Zach|
09-16-2004, 02:18 PM
I...uh...I have no response. I'll blame the last president.
Kevin, unless you want to buy the craft yourself you either get the purple one or this one...

http://yoshi.2yr.net/pics/pics-from-cyp/yoshi-the-helicopter.gif

Rain Man
09-16-2004, 02:19 PM
If anyone were to actually read that article I posted, you'd learn that Thomas was stepping down after completing his "five year plan". :)


It seems like no one gets through college in four years any more.

Demonpenz
09-16-2004, 02:19 PM
i was in springfield over the weekend, i went to the small town known as bass pro shop

ChiefsCountry
09-16-2004, 03:24 PM
You mean the future president of THE Missouri State University. :clap:

|Zach|
09-16-2004, 03:25 PM
You mean the future president of THE Missouri State University. :clap:
Has that passed?

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 03:27 PM
You mean the future president of THE Missouri State University. :clap:
It's one thing to drop the Southwest... no need to add the definite article.

ChiefsCountry
09-16-2004, 03:30 PM
Has that passed?

Not yet it will though.

It's one thing to drop the Southwest... no need to add the definite article.

I was just making fun of THE Ohio State University.

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 03:42 PM
I was just making fun of THE Ohio State University.

Figured you were referencing OSU... but I was afeared SMS was seriously considering changing their name to that.

I had no idea SMS was wanting to drop the Southwest part. Did a google search on the subject, and am now perusing a couple of articles. Looks like an interesting situation. I already knew that the University of Missouri was mentioned in the Missouri constitution, and is, in fact, THE state university. Obviously, having a school named Missouri State University would cause some confusion of that fact... but, I don't think that's really a big deal. If I were an MU grad I'd probably be against the name change... but, as it is... my panties aren't really in a bunch about it.

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 03:43 PM
Question for the SMS folks...

They argue that "Missouri State" would prompt the school to seek graduate programs that would siphon money from the Columbia campus.

Does SMS not currently have a grad school?

Skip Towne
09-16-2004, 03:51 PM
Do you have to know anything to get that job?

Rain Man
09-16-2004, 04:09 PM
It's one thing to drop the Southwest... no need to add the definite article.


As an aside, in grad school, we were specifically instructed that the proper name for our university was "The University of Texas at Austin."

NOT

University of Texas - Austin
The University of Texas
UT-Austin
etc., etc.

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 04:14 PM
My diploma says, "The University of Missouri" in real big letters across the top. Buried in all the words at the bottom is, "completed at the campus in the city of Rolla". I wish it said "University of Missouri - Rolla" across the top. I don't want people thinking I went to MU.

Skip Towne
09-16-2004, 04:41 PM
My diploma says, "The University of Missouri" in real big letters across the top. Buried in all the words at the bottom is, "completed at the campus in the city of Rolla". I wish it said "University of Missouri - Rolla" across the top. I don't want people thinking I went to MU.
Me either.

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 04:44 PM
Me either.
On the flipside... it beats having the word "Kansas" on there.

There's not a single university in Kansas I'd want a degree from.

ChiefsCountry
09-16-2004, 06:44 PM
On the flipside... it beats having the word "Kansas" on there.

There's not a single university in Kansas I'd want a degree from.

It's because you already have a high school dipolma.

Skip Towne
09-16-2004, 06:48 PM
On the flipside... it beats having the word "Kansas" on there.

There's not a single university in Kansas I'd want a degree from.
There's not a single University in Kansas that would give you a degree. So there!