Forum gives public input into search for New UM President

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Students, faculty and alumni are being asked their opinions on what the University of Missouri should look for as the school looks for a new president.

Monday one of the public forums being used to aid in the search for a new president was held at the UMSL campus.  The forum was in the Millennium Student Center where the search committee held a forum today getting comments from the public on the system`s next president.

These forums are being held this week at each of the systems four campuses. The search committee said the information will help them refine the process when it begins recruiting candidates later this year.  About 100 people attended the meeting. Last year, student protests on the Columbia campus about racial tension on the campus led to the resignation of Tim Wolfe as president. Mike Middleton was appointed as the interim president, and he has said he does not want to be considered for the permanent job. Students we talked said they would like to see a new president address social and economic issues.

The search committee will hold two more public forums this week, one in Columbia and one in Kansas City. If you can`t get to those meetings you can make comments on the University of Missouri website. School officials say they hope a new president can be announced by the end of the year.