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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 9:09 am

Missouri State's Board of Governors scheduled a closed meeting for 5 p.m. today, four days after the completion of the presidential search interview process.

The meeting, which was previously unannounced, will be closed to the public because of Missouri Sunshine Law exceptions for attorney-client privilege, hiring and firing of employees, and personnel matters, according to the meeting announcement sent at 8:02 a.m. Monday.

John McAlear, secretary for the Board of Governors, said the meeting will be to discuss the two candidates.

"The only thing that's really set is the 5 p.m. meeting tonight," McAlear said.

Last week, Murray State President Randy Dunn and Missouri State's interim President Clif Smart took part in the final interview process of the presidential search for the 11th MSU president.

Both candidates visited the Springfield and West Plains campuses, met with faculty and staff, and held an open forum where they were asked questions from the university community.

Paige Jenkins, student member of the Board of Governors, said the group got the poll results from the two candidate's open forums on Friday, Oct. 12.

The board is expected to name the next president of Missouri State by Nov. 1, according to the Presidential Search page on the Missouri State website.

Paul Kincaid, assistant to the president for university relations, said he thinks the Board of Governors will make the Nov. 1 deadline to announce the 11th president of the university.

Kincaid said the meeting, held "to discuss personnel issues" will not result in an announcement this evening.

The Board of Governors will meet at 5 p.m. in Carrington Hall room 203 tonight.

For more information about the presidential search, visit

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