Mississippi Public Universities
IHL Press Release
BOARD TO CONDUCT SECOND ROUND INTERVIEWS FOR COMMISSIONER
5/21/2009 - Jackson, Miss.

Members of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Search Committee for the next Commissioner of Higher Education will meet next week to conduct second round interviews, and the Board will meet to hear the candidate recommendation(s) from the Board Search Committee.

The Board Search Committee, chaired by Trustee Ed Blakeslee, will meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in the IHL Board Room in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211 for the purpose of conducting second round interviews of candidates for the position of Commissioner of Higher Education. The meeting will continue on Thursday, May 28, 2009, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Commissioner Interview Search Advisory Committee, a subset of the original Search Advisory Committee formed to review resumes and recommend candidates, will join the Board for the interviews. A listing of the members of the Interview Search Advisory Committee can be found here.

Following the second round interviews, the Board will meet beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m., also in the IHL Board Room, to receive the candidate recommendation(s) from the Board Search Committee.

An executive session for both meetings may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

Next, the Board, with assistance from Parker Executive Search, will conduct additional assessments of the recommended candidate(s). The Board hopes to publicly announce a preferred candidate for the position of Commissioner of Higher Education early in the week of June 1.

IHL's executive officer search process allows Mississippi to be on the consideration list of the highest caliber professionals in higher education. The process is open, transparent and representative-based, and works in accordance with today's recruitment standards for high-level institutions of higher learning. For more information on IHL's executive officer search process, including search-specific timelines of events, visit www.mississippi.edu/ieo.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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