Tim Terrentine and Bill Johnston talk about the presidential search and the outcomes expected as the process moves forward.

The Western Michigan University—WMU—Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee are conducting a national search for the University’s ninth president. A Top-100 national research university, WMU seeks a courageous, visionary, and resourceful academic leader who will enable us to leverage our strengths, advance our stature, and help us shape an enduring identity.

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News updates

April 10, 2017

WMU trustees to meet in special session focused on presidential selection
Trustees are expected to vote on the selection of a single candidate when they meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Heritage Hall Ballroom.

April 7, 2017

WMU's presidential search nears conclusion
The 22-member search committee narrowed the field following airport interviews with nine candidates. Three candidates were recommended to the Board of Trustees, which is expected to make a final decision soon.

January 17, 2017

Presidential search process is in candidate recruitment stage
WMU's Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the search firm it is working with are in the recruitment stage, building a pool of candidates and preparing for March interviews.

December 16, 2016

Search committee releases presidential profile
WMU's Presidential Search Advisory Committee outlines opportunities and challenges the next president will encounter as well as desired personal and professional qualities.

November 4, 2016

Presidential search update
We write today to inform you about the process and status of the search for the ninth president of Western Michigan University.

November 2, 2016

Presidential search details updated
Addressing the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its October meeting, Trustee William Johnston of Portage offered an update on the work of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which is charged with identifying an individual to be the ninth president of the University.

October 11, 2016

WMU trustees to hear search update, consider capital outlay requests
Meeting in formal session Tuesday, Oct. 11, Western Michigan University trustees will hear an update on the search for WMU's ninth president as well as consider a number of campus name changes triggered by an ongoing wayfaring project.

September 9, 2016

Trustee lays out process underway in search for new WMU president
A 22-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee with broad campus and community representation has been formed to conduct the search for a new Western Michigan University president.

August 1, 2016

WMU's President Dunn announces 2017 retirement date
After serving for 10 transformative years and awarding some 50,000 academic degrees to students, Western Michigan Michigan University President John M. Dunn plans to retire, effective June 30, 2017.