The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University invites applications from candidates interested in the presidency of the university. The next president of MSSU must possess visionary leadership that advances the mission of the university and engages students, faculty and staff in a collaborative effort. S/he must have a record of significant accomplishments in administration, financial management, fundraising, and collaborations with business leaders, elected officials, and educators. The new president must be a decisive individual who is well-versed in public higher education, including current challenges and opportunities, with knowledge of Missouri higher education preferred. Though open to backgrounds other than higher education, a terminal degree from an accredited institution and progressive management experience are strongly preferred. A minimum of seven years of public higher education experience at the vice presidential level or higher is also preferred. Established in 1937, MSSU is a public institution offering bachelors and masters degrees. The university has a statewide mission in international education. Academic programs are organized in four schools − Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Health Sciences, in addition to divisions of Graduate Studies and Distance Learning. MSSU serves almost 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs. Its outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs and enriching cultural events create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located on historic Route 66 in Joplin, Missouri, at the “Crossroads of America”. Joplin is a friendly city of more than 50,000 with a trade area of nearly 500,000 people. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit applications by April 25, 2014. Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least five references. All applications will be held in strict confidence. Employment is contingent upon a successful complete background check. Missouri Southern is an EEO employer. Materials should be sent in Word or PDF format to email@example.com, with President in the subject line. More information about the search, including a complete job description, presidential expectations, and the compensation package, can be found at http://www.mssu.edu/presidential-search/.