Moving forward with the search for the next university president, the Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University has announced that two public focus groups will be held to help start the process.

The meetings will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Connor Ballroom at Billingsly Student Center.

The focus groups will be asked to consider three questions:

• What traits, skills and experience should Missouri Southern look for in a presidential candidate?

• What should the vision be for the university, and what leadership qualities do you think will help us achieve that vision?

• What suggestions do you have for the search committee?

The forum will be conducted via small-group discussions, with time limits on each topic.

“We’re encouraged by the feedback we’ve received so far and we’re ready to move this search forward,” said Richard Walter, board chairman. “We want to encourage everyone from the campus and community to attend these meetings and have a voice in the search.”

Walter said the Board of Governors will soon announce the members of the search committee, a comprehensive group that will represent members of the campus and community.