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Wayne State narrows presidential search to six

May 2, 2013

The search for the next Wayne State University president is down to a pool of six candidates. WSU's Board of Governors hopes to make a decision on who will replace President Allan Gilmour by the end of the month, said Governor Gary Pollard, the head of the search. "We are making really good progress," Pollard told the Free Press today. "We have a great pool." A large search committee composed of faculty, staff, board members and community members has been meeting for several months to vet the 50 applications the school received for the post. That committee has completed its work, Pollard said, and now the board is doing the interviews and interacting with the candidates. Pollard declined to name the candidates or to discuss if any of them were from outside of academia. State law allows WSU, and other state universities, to conduct the search in secret, except for the formal hiring of the next president. During Wednesday's board meeting, Taz Ahmed, president of WSU's Student Senate, presented Gilmour with a resolution honoring him for his work at WSU, including helping to make Midtown Detroit a place where students feel safe and comfortable.