January 28, 2020 – Executive search firm EFL Associates has been enlisted to find the next president for Missouri Southern State University (MSSU).
Alan Marble, who has been the university’s president since 2014, announced in August that he would be retiring effective June 30.
EFL Associates was one of two finalists out of six search firms which sought the assignment. “One of their central commitments is to select candidates who will be personalized to our needs at Missouri Southern, and they believe leadership should be the central trait for our next president,” said Alison Hershewe, vice chairwoman for the school’s board of governors and chairwoman of its advisory search committee. “Dr. Marble has been a great model for this, and EFL and the board of governors are committed to helping us continue the momentum and upward trajectory he established for this university.”
EFL Associates has been involved in a number of searches in the area in recent months, including one for the dean of the Joplin campus of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, said Ms. Hershewe.
A Full Picture
MSSU hopes to have the new president in place by July, but conceded the search could take longer, according to the Joplin Globe. EFL Associates “has assured us that it can be done and that it has been done, and we’re committed as a board and as a committee to put in the time necessary to get it done,” Ms. Hershewe told the newspaper. “But we are not going to sacrifice quality for speed.”
EFL Associates “wants to get a full picture of the campus and the campus’ needs and how it operates before they go out and recruit candidates,” she said. “The search committee will be their voice, telling us what their groups say of what their wants and needs and wish lists are.”
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In November, the university announced the members of its presidential search committee, which represents the university campus, local community and board of governors. “The search committee members were nominated by individual entities,” said Bill Gipson, chair of the board of governors, at the time. “The next step is to meet and begin discussing the results of the search firm process.
Proposals were solicited for a search firm to assist in the identification of presidential candidates.”
Missouri Southern State University is a four-year university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Located in Joplin, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the university serves over 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs. Founded in 1937, MSSU has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,851 students and a graduate enrollment of 155. The student to faculty ratio is 19:1. Seventy-eight percent of its classes have fewer than 30 students.
Founded in 1978, EFL Associates provides executive search services from offices in Kansas City, Denver, St. Louis and Raleigh, NC. The firm specializes in the following areas: finance and banking, higher education, non-profit, life sciences, energy, construction and engineering, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, public pension organizations, chief financial officers and board services.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media