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Search for next PSU president extended

Officials meet behind closed doors to continue discussions

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The search for the next president of the Pennsylvania State University continued Friday following a closed-door Board of Trustees meeting.

Board members met Friday morning in an executive session at the Nittany Lion Inn to discuss personnel. All indications following the meeting were that the search for the next schools president is closer to the beginning than the end.

6 News reporter Gary Sinderson confirmed trustees had a presidential candidate named earlier this week, but for unknown reasons, they have yet to make a selection for the next president.

Following the meeting it was clear the time frame for the presidential search had been extended and board members left the executive session making virtually no public comment.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano said that the meeting was a healthy discussion.

Penn State issued a release mid-morning stating the search for a new Penn State president is proceeding with vigor and the board is dedicated to finding the best leader to take Penn State into the future.

Those statements appeared in contrast to those earlier this week when it appeared a search for a president was over.

"The search process is progressing and will continue until the best possible person to lead Penn State is selected and presented to the full board for a vote," said Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Masser. "We fully expect that our efforts will ensure we attract a president who can truly maximize the potential of our exceptional university.

Masser said the board plans to conclude the search process before the end of President Rodney Erickson's term in office on June 30, 2014.

Earlier in the week, a public Board of Trustees meeting was scheduled for Friday morning and widespread speculation stated a new university president was to be named. That meeting was canceled Wednesday, with university official stating that more time for consideration of possible presidential candidates was needed.

Sinderson confirmed that no other trustee meetings were expected between Friday and the next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 22.

Penn State said the search for the 18th president had attracted a large pool of strong candidates with the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller contacting nearly 400 individuals regarding the position and reaching out to another 150 who were asked to suggest individuals who might be available for the position.


 
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