Updates as to the status of the COGS selection process will be posted here as new information becomes available. We will not be able to comment on the status of individual applications.
MSU university-wide updates can be found here: https://msu.edu/presidentialsearch/
Finalized Search Committee Members – as of August 22, 2018
Presidential Search Input Sessions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in presidential search input sessions. For more information on sessions and how to give input, see here.
Presidential Search Timeline
See an established timeline for the presidential search here.
Update: August 1, 2018
We received over 100 applications and each one was very compelling in unique ways. It gives us confidence that Michigan State University has passionate and dedicated students striving to make our university a better place. We were required to make some difficult choices in who would represent graduate students on the committee.
We have had to maintain a degree of flexibility throughout the process basing our decisions on the Trustees timeline. We were informed this week the Trustees are planning to move ahead with their search beginning in August so the Executive Board made a decision so the Trustees could have our representation during all aspects of the search and thus we have now reached our conclusion for our representative.
To all who applied, I want you all to know that each application was reviewed by the Executive Board based on a standardized metric used to evaluate each application. The review was conducted blindly, where every application was assigned a number rather than applicant name. After reviewing each applicant on the standardized review criteria, the Executive Board met to discuss our review of the applications. During the meeting, the Executive Board reviewed the top scoring applications together to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each application in our process of selecting the best candidates to move forward. As a result, the Executive Board was able to narrow our selection down to six applicants based on our review criteria.
In recent discussions with the Board of Trustees, we referred our top three out of the six names to the Board committee overseeing the presidential search. The Board is seeking broad input and wanted a diversity of applicants so we were delighted to provide them the applications we had selected to move forward in the process.
The Council of Graduate Students wants to emphasize this search is broader than our selection but about the collective voice of Michigan State to find the best leader for our institution. COGS hopes to continue to engage students throughout the process to provide feedback and insights into the most important characteristics and issues facing our campus that will dictate much of who our new leader will be. I want to thank each one of you for your interest in serving, in the search, and our collective work to make Michigan State University a better, stronger institution. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ben Burke, President