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MSSU Gets 14 Applications for President Job

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Ads are posted and applications are arriving at Missouri Southern for the position of President.  
Dr Sherry Buchanan looks at the latest ad posted in the Chronicle in the search for a permanent Missouri Southern State University president.  The ad has  generated fourteen applications.
Buchanan says, "It seems very good to us, in the first couples of weeks that we would have that many showing interest."
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 for a link 
     
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