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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 06 2010

NDSU president's finalist in running for Missouri State job

A candidate for North Dakota State University president also is a finalist for Missouri State University president.

Gary Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita (Kan.) State University, will visit the university in Springfield, Mo., today and Friday.

Miller, who visited NDSU last week as one of four finalists, told The Springfield News-Leader he is serious about the Missouri State job.

“I’m extremely interested in Missouri State University,” Miller told the newspaper. “I would not have let my name go forward if I didn’t intend to give it the most careful consideration and take (the job).”

Another finalist for that presidency is Thomas Keon, dean of the College of Business Administration at University of Central Florida. Keon was among the eight top candidates for NDSU president, but was not named a finalist.

Missouri State has more than 20,000 students.

The other two Missouri finalists have not been named. A date to name a new president has not been set.

The board will meet May 13 to begin deliberations, said Andrea Mostyn, assistant director of university communications.

A salary range for a new president has not been determined, Mostyn said. The current president earns $267,000 plus a $45,000 annual housing stipend.

The salary range for a new NDSU president is $286,000 to $338,000, with housing provided.

The NDSU search committee will meet May 13 to select three names to forward to the state Board of Higher Education. The board will name a new president May 24.

A message left for Miller was not immediately returned.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590