Students agree with the board backing a national level search. And that projects like adding new dorms to grow the university and create fiscal stability are important.
Jillian Courtois, a freshman says, "I live on campus. The thing is, its a really small school, I see the same people everyday. HeneeHe needsrow it to be a bigger school, get more people to go here."
Sophomore Elliott Hawkins hopes a new president will, " Add like and indoors facility for football to practice in during bad weather that will make more people want to come. And add more seating, jumbo trons, all that good stuff. You want, no matter what school you're at, you want to to make it look like a good D-1 that's what brings everybody. People go to D1 because of facilities and how good eveyrteverything, appearance."
Besides the ability to grow the university, all agree a priority should be personality.
Some say the campus needs a president that's going to be involved with students personally.
Junior Zach Harmon wants, "A very social president, well mannered, well involved. Make sure that person is able to grow relationships with his faculty and is a very easy going person to talk to."
Senior Evan Zupan says someone who is "taking the student body into account, trying to add more emphasis on student life bettering things like the dorms giving greek life more attention."
The board agrees the president should have an open door policy and will do non reference, job site background checks of those who become finalists.
Dr. Buchanan says, "Its not just skills but character that we think is very important for this position and personalities as well as accomplishments and skills. Many times you cant get to those character, personality issues til you do that level of background check.
The board has outlined its priorities in a president on the university's website. click here
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