COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri curators will meet behind closed doors Thursday night as the search for a new system president continues.

A public meeting agenda released Wednesday afternoon makes no mention of athletic conference realignment. Curators recently gave Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton broad authority to explore leaving the Big 12 Conference, which has lost three members in the past year. The Southeastern Conference is the likely destination should Missouri leave.

Thursday’s meeting comes nearly two weeks after curators’ chairman Warren Erdman said he expected the governing board of the four-campus to soon narrow the presidential search to a group of finalists.

The Board of Curators is seeking a replacement for former President Gary Forsee, who stepped down in January to care for his wife as she battled cancer.

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