Park University Selects EFL Associates to Lead Presidential Search

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Park University has retained EFL Associates Inc., an executive search firm based in Leawood, Kan., to conduct the search for the University’s next president.

EFL Associates, which specializes in academic, business and nonprofit executive searches, founded its higher education specialty practice in 1999, and serves institutions ranging from small, privately-held college and faith-based universities, to large, world renowned schools.

“We believe their unique combination of skills will be particularly beneficial to Park as we engage in this search,” said Ann Mesle, J.D., chair of Park University’s Board of Trustees. “We have had extensive discussions with EFL and are excited to be working with such a talented firm.”

Julie Wilson, executive vice president and chief people officer, Cerner Corp., is the chair of the University’s Presidential Search Committee, and Mark Foster, J.D., retired partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (now Stinson Leonard Street), is the vice chair. Both Wilson and Foster are also members of Park’s Board of Trustees. A diverse cross section of University stakeholders, including trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students comprise the committee.

Park University, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year, will be hiring the 16th president in its history. David Fowler, currently serving as interim president of the University, previously indicated he would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

A new president is expected to be hired for the start of the University’s 2015-16 academic year, which begins on July 1.