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SLU Officials Update President Search, Plan Public Forums

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In a letter to Saint Louis University faculty and students Monday, the SLU Board of Trustees announced the school will host two public discussions to garner feedback on its efforts to replace longtime president and figurehead Rev. Lawrence Biondi.

The Board of Trustees has hired search consultant AGB Search to help them in the process. According to the company’s website, they are currently conducting similar searches at a dozen other universities and colleges.

“AGB Search has an extensive history of successful presidential searches, and the head of the firm, Dr. James Ferrare, will personally oversee AGB’s work with the search committee,” the board said in its letter Monday, adding that Ferrare will begin meeting with university officials this week.

The ten-person search committee AGB will work alongside includes four trustees as well as professors, deans, and the president of the Student Government Association.

“Dr. Ferrare will be conducting many open sessions on campus with a variety of University groups, and with the entire SLU community in two open fora,” the Board of Trustees announced. “In these meetings, participants will have the opportunity to comment, question and dialogue about the qualities we want in our next president.”

Those discussions are scheduled for October 14, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, though no times or locations were announced Monday.

The search committee, along with AGB Search, will also spend the next 30 days crafting a job description and profile for incoming candidates.

“While this will need to be a very thorough and detailed process, it remains the hope of the Board that SLU’s next president can be selected in the spring of 2014 and can take office near the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in July,” the letter stated.

Rev. Biondi announced his resignation at a gala in his honor in early May after 25 years as the university’s president.

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