Missouri State announces finalists for presidency

2:47 PM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri State University has narrowed down its search for a new president to two finalists.

They are Missouri State interim president Clifton Smart and Murray State University president Randy Dunn. On-campus interviews are scheduled for Oct. 7-11. The visits will include interviews with the Board of Governors and tours of the Springfield campus and community.

Smart was serving as the school's general counsel when he was appointed interim president in June 2011. The appointment came after James Cofer stepped down with slightly less than a year in the job.

Dunn has been serving as president of Murray State in Kentucky since December 2006. Before that, Dunn served as the state superintendent of education for the Illinois State Board of Education.

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