The process is moving forward to find the next president for Western Kentucky University.
Consultants with Isaacson, Miller, the firm hired to help in the search, have been on campus this week meeting with university leaders. They met Friday afternoon with members of the search committee on what qualities they are looking for in the school’s next leader.
The firm will begin submitting names for consideration to the search committee in September. Members then plan to send three to five finalists to the full board of regents by December 1. Chairman Phillip Bale says the finalists’ names will not likely be made public.
"If it's someone that says 'Look, if I'm not the person that's selected, I'm going to lose my job, so you either maintain confidentiality or drop me out,' then we're going to maintain confidentiality," Bale told WKU Public Radio. "Our objective is to find and get the best person we can, and anything that jeopardizes that, we will avoid."
The board is expected to make its presidential selection by March 2017.
Dr. Ransdell’s retirement is effective June 30, 2017.