Search Process

Learn more about the search process, the search advisory committee and its leadership, how to make a nomination, and expected timeline of MSU Moorhead’s presidential search. Read the Presidential Leadership Profile (PDF).


  • A new president is expected to begin their duties on July 1, 2023.
  • Advertising Begins: Wed., Oct. 26
  • Search Advisory Committee appointed: Fri., Oct. 28, 2022
  • Orientation of Search Advisory Committee: Wed., Nov. 30, 2022
  • Applications to Search Advisory Committee: Thurs., Jan. 5, 2023
  • Confidential interviews: Wed. & Thurs., Jan. 25-26, 2023
  • On-Campus Finalist Visits: Wednesday-Friday, February 22-24, 2023
  • Board of Trustees meeting: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 21-22, 2023
  • Campus Announcement of MSUM President: Friday, March 24, 2023

Search Advisory Committee

Presidents are appointed by the Minnesota State board of trustees upon the recommendation of the chancellor. The Search Advisory Committee is charged with vetting and recommending final candidates to be interviewed. A call for search advisory committee members went out in late September following the composition that is outlined in Board Policy 4.2.

  • Robbyn Wacker, Search Committee Chair, President, St. Cloud State University
  • Kayla Kappes, MSUM Chief Human Resources Officer, Liaison
  • Ashley Atteberry, MSUM Director of Student Conduct & Resolution, representing Minnesota State University Association of Administrative & Service Faculty
  • Jeremy Carney, MSUM Professor, Social Work, representing Inter Faculty Organization
  • Denise Gorsline, MSUM Assistant Professor, Communications, representing Inter Faculty Organization
  • Kevin Hanson, CEO, Gate City Bank, representing Community
  • Gary Haugo, MSUM Vice President for University Advancement, representing Administration
  • Lisa Johnson, MSUM Accounting Officer Intermediate, representing Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
  • Dave Lawrence, Principal, Moorhead High School, representing Community
  • Robert Nava, MSUM Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Studies, representing Administration
  • Heather Nesemeier, MSUM Office & Administrative Specialist Senior, representing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Jenny Olson, Site Leader, Microsoft, representing Community
  • Terry Peterson, MSUM Director of Information Technology Applications, representing Middle Management Association
  • Max Thompson, Student, representing Students United