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OSU to name new president at board of regents Friday

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The presidential search committee at OSU has made their recommendations to the board of regents.

The quest for a new Oklahoma State president is winding down.

This Friday, the OSU A&M Board of Regents will provide an update after a special meeting regarding the months-long presidential search.

The new president with the opportunity to mold the future of OSU is expected to be announced by Board Chair Rick Davis.

There are four finalists for the vacancy. Dr. Kayse Shrum, the president of the OSU medical school, confirmed to The O'Colly that she is one of the four finalists.

The presidential candidate who emerged successfully from an extensive and competitive selection process will be introduced by Davis and live-streamed on the OSU Facebook page.

Last Friday, multiple members of the search committee confirmed that the decision process is entering the final stages, which means a pool of candidates are going from the search committee to the board of regents for approval.

“It’s going to be a board decision now,” said Lou Watkins, a member of the committee.

With the vote now going to the board of regents, the work of the search committee, a 36-person team tasked with the preliminary review of the candidates, is over.

“The search committee’s done with its work,” Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce, a member of the committee, said. “We made our recommendations to the board of regents. I felt like the recommendations that were made were all good recommendations.”

Current President Burns Hargis told The O’Colly in February that OSU would announce the finalists in late March or early April.

Regardless of the timeline, many members of the committee are confident that their choices were fit for the job.

“I think they’ve got a good pool of candidates,” Joyce said. “I have no doubt that whoever gets chosen will be a great pick.”