Kansas City business leaders tried unsuccessfully to keep Missouri from leaving the Big 12 Conference including former University of Missouri president Gary Forsee.
The 53-year-old was introduced Tuesday as the next leader of the four-campus university system.
University curators have identified a preferred candidate and hope to announce the new hire next week.
Flanked by campus police to ensure the confidential process, 13 members of a 20-person advisory panel met in private for more than five hours and interviewed its sole candidate.
A 20-member advisory panel is expected to meet today the first time since the search began in January.
University of Missouri curators will meet behind closed doors Saturday morning for the third time this month.
A public meeting agenda released Wednesday afternoon makes no mention of athletic conference realignment.
Curators are seeking a replacement for Gary Forsee, who resigned in January to care for his ill wife.
Curators are seeking a replacement for former Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee.
He’d been on leave to care for his wife, who has cancer.