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Marshall retains firm for presidential search, announces listening sessions

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall University’s presidential search committee has retained an executive search firm to assist in hiring a new university president.

Academic Search will assist committee members in finding a successor to President Jerome Gilbert, who is staying with the institution until next July.

According to a university press release from Wednesday, Academic Search will be responsible for getting input from various groups regarding the ideal qualities for candidates, creating a national advertising strategy, screening applicants, providing the search committee with resumes, and conducting background checks.

Marshall University Board of Governors Chairman Patrick Farrell on Wednesday announced a series of listening sessions aimed at getting input from various campus groups.

“We expect to hit the ground running next week with the first in a series of on-campus listening sessions we are scheduling over the coming months,” he said. “These early sessions will allow the university community and others to meet with the search firm’s representatives to provide input as we develop the position announcement.”

The first series of listening sessions will begin Monday. The university released a full list of listening sessions on its website.

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