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From 67 to nine to ever fewer; U of M list of president candidates grows shorter

Eric Kaler retiring from U presidency in July

November 17, 2018 - 9:55 am

The University of Minnesota has narrowed down its search for a new school president.  

There were 67 applicants and nine of them came to campus for an interview.  

Five of those nine were women, and three are people of color, according to the search committee's website.  

The site did not indicate how many have been invited back for a second interview, but did note that a smaller number of those nine candidates were selected for further vetting.

That vetting will include verification of credentials, reference calls, credit history review, and civil, criminal, and DMV background checks, according to the website.

They also did not release the candidates' names.  

Eric Kaler is retiring next summer following 12 years leading the University of Minnesota.

AGB Search is helping to find Kaler's replacement, who will become the U's 17th president.

The U's Board of Regents hired AGB last month, replacing Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. That firm is leading a search for Michigan State's president, and the regents felt a change was needed to avoid confusion among potential candidates.