Wayne State University to search for new president

Nov 12, 2012

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The Wayne State University Board of Governors is expected to vote Monday to establish a search committee for a new president. The university needs to replace Allan Gilmour, who plans to retire when his two-year contract is up in June.

Gilmour is credited with making the school's admissions standards more rigorous, after criticism that it admitted students who couldn't succeed. But his successor will still have some work to do. According to the Web site college results dot org, fewer than a third of Wayne State students graduate within six years.



Some observers say finding a good fit for the job is not as easy at Wayne as it might be at its better-known sister institutions, U of M and Michigan State.

Wayne State operates in a unique - some would say difficult - economic and political environment, and its president has to be someone who can work with a strong faculty union.