The search for Oregon State University’s next president continues to move forward with national outreach to more than 400 potential candidates.

Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller is reaching out to presidents and provosts at major land grant and top U.S. universities, institutions with very high research activity, top historically Black colleges and universities, and institutions with enrollments of 20,000 or more students.

Julie Manning, a member of the OSU Board of Trustees and chair of the board’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee, said the search is considering a diverse and highly experienced mix of candidates, including current presidents, provosts, deans and leaders from institutions across the U.S.

“Our search firm has shared that in speaking with potential candidates it is clear that OSU has a very strong brand and is well regarded nationally,” Manning said. “There seems to be strong interest in the position.”

The search advisory committee will meet in April and May to evaluate candidates, conduct screening interviews and recommend a list of candidates to Kirk Schueler, chair of the board of trustees. In executive session, Schueler will make his recommendation on semifinalists for the board’s consideration.

Trustees will interview selected semifinalists in board executive sessions and determine which finalists will be invited to visit OSU’s Corvallis campus in late May and engage in public forums and meetings. The public will be invited to hear from the finalists and provide feedback, which the board will consider. Following the stakeholder sessions, the board is expected to convene a special public meeting to consider and vote on the appointment of a new president.

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