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Frequently Asked Questions

How can the public ask questions, share concerns or get information about the University of Mississippi (UM) Chancellor Search?

There are multiple ways that the public can be involved in the search for the next Chancellor of the University of Mississippi (UM). We've created a special webpage to provide information and updates on the search process to the University community and public. The site provides search-related committee lists, dates and notices for upcoming meetings, archived regional input sessions, and announcements at important points in the search process. Early in the process, the site will also include access to an online survey/listening session that will allow the public to offer input that will be used by the committees conducting the search. More specific ways that the public is encouraged to get involved are as follows:

  • Offer comments through the online comment form.
  • Attend the Listening Sessions:
    • July 14: UM Campus in Oxford
    • August 20: UMMC Campus in Jackson
    • August 27: UM Campus in Oxford
  • Nominate someone by contacting Bill Funk at R. William Funk and Associates by sending an email to his executive assistant, Krisha Creal, krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com.
  • Attend the Preferred Candidate Visit
    • Offer comments on the feedback form provided at the Preferred Candidate Visit

Who is leading the Chancellor Search?

The Chancellor selection process is coordinated by three committees:

  • The Board Search Committee (BSC), which includes all members of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning
  • The Campus Search Advisory Committee (CSAC), which represents a cross-section of the campus community
  • The Interview Search Advisory Committee (ISAC), which includes representatives from all segments of the campus community, including administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and community, is diverse in race and gender and will participate with the Board of Trustees in the interview process

Who serves on the Search Committees?

Learn more about each committee's membership.

What is the role of the Campus Search Advisory Committee (CSAC) in the search process?

The CSAC is a representative cross-section of the University of Mississippi (UM) campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and the community. For this search, the committee has 34 members. Members' responsibilities include:

  • Listening to the campus community about the qualities and qualifications needed in the next Chancellor of UM
  • Reviewing all applications submitted for the position
  • Individually recommending at least five candidates to the Board to consider for the first round of interviews.

Will a professional search firm be engaged to help with the process?

Yes. The Search Committee and Commissioner of Higher Education sought proposals from a number of highly respected executive search firms, and has retained R. William Funk & Associates.


Will you advertise for this position?

Yes. We will conduct a national search to identify the very best candidates available, which includes advertising the position in national, regional and local publications. Advertisements have appeared in print and online editions of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook and The Clarion-Ledger. We will also ask faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University to recommend or nominate quality candidates for the UM Chancellor position.

How can I nominate someone?

All nominations and applications for the Chancellor position will be managed by the search firm, R. William Funk & Associates, Dallas, Texas. You can nominate someone or apply by sending letters of nomination or applications to the executive in charge of the search, Bill Funk:

Bill Funk
R. William Funk & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75205

Nominations or applications may be submitted via email to Bill Funk's executive assistant, Krisha Creal, krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com.

Who has applied and/or been nominated?

The names of all applicants and nominees are kept confidential until the Preferred Candidate is announced by the Board of Trustees.

Why doesn't the Search Committee reveal the names of the candidates?

The process was designed to encourage the highest possible caliber of candidates to move through the process confidentially. We want to respect the privacy of the candidates, while being open and transparent with the process.

How many candidates will be interviewed?

The exact number of candidates to be interviewed will be determined by the Board Search Committee after reviewing the recommendations made by the Campus Search Advisory Committee.

Will the names of the candidates or finalists for the position be made public before a decision is made?

The names of the applicants or nominees for the position will not be made public. The only name that will be announced is the name of the Preferred Candidate.

What is the timeline for the search?

While subject to change, the tentative timeline for the UM Chancellor Search is as follows:

  • July-August: Listening Sessions are held on campus
  • September: The CSAC reviews applications
  • October: First Round Interviews are held
  • November: Second Round Interviews are held
  • December: Preferred Candidate visits campus

How will the Search Committees keep the lines of communication open with the University community and the citizens of the state?

Up-to-date information will be available on the Chancellor Search website. In addition, you can sign up to receive email updates about the search or follow us on Twitter @UM_Search or @MSPublicUniv.