UM System Keeping Quiet After Closed Door Meeting

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COLUMBIA- The search for the next UM System President continued Monday behind closed doors. None of the Board of Curators were at the meeting in person, but they did join each other via a teleconference to talk about the next president.

The Curators conducted only one order of business in public - to close down the lines and talk in private. That's been a familiar scene - the board and university are keeping quiet. A spokesperson was in the meeting briefly, but declined to comment.

The search began 8 months ago - in January - when Former President Gary Forsee stepped down to spend more time with his wife who is battling cancer. Since then, the public has little knowledge of who the next leader of the system will be. No names have been thrown into the hat for the public, but one has been taken out. Interim President Steve Owens has said he doesn't want the job full time.

The budget for the presidential search is more than $200,000 with over half of that going toward a professional search firm. The Curators held interviews last month in Kansas City and St. Louis, but no details have been released. The board ended their conference call without making any announcements or decisions.

It seems nobody knows how close the Board of Curators is to choosing a next president - other than the board.