The Search

Michigan State University is moving forward with a search for its 21st president. We fully understand the eagerness expressed by our students, faculty, staff and alumni as we prepare for the next chapter in our history. We all share the same high hopes for this institution, and finding the right leader to move us forward is paramount to our success.

Our commitment to the university community was to identify a search committee that is inclusive, diverse and representative of the broader MSU stakeholders including students, staff, faculty, deans and alumni, and we have done that.

Search committee members will participate in community input sessions with stakeholders and in the selection of a search firm. Members will also help compile the characteristics and qualities desired in MSU’s next president and provide input on the position description, as well as screen and interview applicants to advance a pool of qualified candidates to the Board of Trustees for further consideration.

This is a pivotal time for Michigan State University and we look forward to taking this journey together. Spartans Will!

Your Fellow Spartans,

Dianne Byrum, MSU Trustee
Co-Chair, Presidential Search

Melanie Foster, MSU Trustee
Co-Chair, Presidential Search


Timeline for Presidential Search

  • July–October 2018: Host listening sessions with stakeholders
  • July 2018: Issue request for proposals from presidential search firms
  • August 2018: Form the search committee
  • September 2018: Conduct search firm interviews and make a selection
  • October 2018: Finalize the position advertisement and make public
  • November 2018: Finalize presidential prospectus and advertise for nominations
  • December 2018–January 2019: Accept nominations for best consideration
  • February–May 2019: Search committee works in collaboration with the Board of Trustees to review applications and conduct interviews
  • June 2019: Board of Trustees selects the president