Application Process

How to apply

Missouri State University offers the next president the privilege of embracing a great history and being part of a unique, student-focused academic community.  To assure best consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2023. 

The application should include a letter of interest addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications described; a resume, and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers.  References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.  It is anticipated that the new president will begin service to Missouri State University by September 2024.

Step 1: The application period is complete




September 6, 2023

President Smart’s public announcement to retire in 2024 / Application window open

September 20, 2023

Search Committee approved at the Board of Governors meeting

October 2, 2023

Qualifications Input forum from 12:15 -1:30 at the PSU Theater/Zoom

November 1, 2023

First date of consideration

November - December 2023

Search Committee meets to select semi-finalists

January 2024

Search Committee completes semi-finalists interviews

February 2024

Finalists will be on campus for interviews

March 2024

Board of Governors selects new president