Presidential Search Update from Michael G. Sellards

Michael G SellardsDear Marshall University community:

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed about the progress of the search for the next president of Marshall University, I am writing to you today with an update.

As you know, we recently wrapped up the first phase of the search—the application phase. We had nearly 60 applicants and conducted off-site interviews with six semi-finalists. Although we had several very good prospects, we have decided not to name any finalists yet. You can read more about that here.

The search committee met in executive session on Monday to move the search into its next phase. This phase will involve active recruitment of well-suited individuals who may not have responded to the previous advertisements, to help ensure we are exploring every possibility.

Our consultants AGB Search Inc. will use their network of contacts in higher education to identify people who might be a good fit for our presidency and will contact them regarding their potential interest in the Marshall presidency.

We do not, at this point, have a firm timeframe. When we identify additional suitable candidates in the next few weeks, we may bring them to our campuses for public interviews this summer.  We anticipate this recruitment phase of the process will continue into the fall semester, with the expectation that we would select a new president to join us next year, if not sooner.

As we have said since the beginning, we are conducting an open search and it will end only when we find the right person to lead Marshall University into the future. We remain extremely positive and are confident we will come out of this process with that person.

Information about the search process continues to be made available at We encourage you to use the online feedback form or e-mail us at to provide input.

Best wishes,

Michael G. Sellards
Chairman, Presidential Search Committee
Chairman, Board of Governors