March 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 26, 2012 — Drury University has launched a Presidential Search website that will allow members of the Drury family and the general public to learn more about the status of the search and to provide feedback about the pursuit of a new university leader.
The website can be accessed from Drury’s home page or by going directly to the presidential search website. There, anyone can read the most recent news about the search, submit a comment and learn about the process, as well as find out how to nominate a candidate or apply for the position.
In August of 2011, current Drury President Todd Parnell announced his intention to retire on May 31, 2013. Since that time, Drury has assembled a presidential search committee, conducted research about what attributes key constituencies would prefer in a new president, and, based on that research, assembled a profile of the new president that will guide the search.
The presidential search committee has 20 members: nine trustees, four faculty members, five staff members, one alumna and one student. After receiving candidates, the committee will narrow the list to three, those candidates will be brought to campus for interviews, and, after meeting with the candidates, the board of trustees will appoint the next Drury president. Drury’s Board of Trustees hopes to have a new president named by October 2012.
Drury President Todd Parnell
About Todd Parnell: Parnell graduated from Drury in 1969, served as interim president beginning in May of 2007 and earned the presidency full-time in January 2008. He is the first Drury graduate to serve as the university’s president. When he retires in May 2013, the former bank president will be 66 years old and he has indicated that he wants to spend more time with his wife and family. Parnell was involved with Drury long before he became president. He is a former Drury board of trustee member, was the founding director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, and taught entrepreneurship classes in the Breech School of Business.
Media: Search committee chairman James Bone is the spokesperson for all search committee business. He will be available today, Monday, March 26 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Central). Mr. Bone can be reached at (401) 451-8112. Bone is a 1980 Drury graduate and has been a board of trustee member since 1999. He resides in Rhode Island.
Media Contact: James Bone, Chairman of the Drury Presidential Search Committee, Office: (401) 451-8112, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org