MSU Presidential Search: Dr. Suzanne Shipley Named Sole Finalist
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Dr. Suzanne Shipley has been named the sole finalist to become the next president of Midwestern State University. The MSU Board of Regents unanimously selected Shipley at a specially called meeting on Monday.

“Our search for the next President of Midwestern State University was comprehensive and inclusive,” said Shawn Hessing, Chairman of the Board of Regents. “I want to thank the members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee for their dedication to this process and in identifying the top candidates in a robust pool of applicants. Dr. Shipley’s qualifications and proven record of leadership made her our top choice.”

Shipley comes to Midwestern State University from Shepherd University, where she has served as president since 2007. During her tenure as president, Shipley implemented the Crossroads Strategic Plan for Shepherd University, which led to the university’s acceptance in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). She also oversaw the completion of Shepherd’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which realized more than $25 million in foundation and donor funding.

"I am honored to be named the sole finalist for the position of president of Midwestern State University," said Shipley. "It will be a welcome challenge to continue the remarkable trajectory of President Rogers' leadership. My husband Randy and I are thrilled with this opportunity to serve the university community and to call Wichita Falls our home."

Shipley learned the powerful influence that universities have on a rural community while growing up Lubbock, Texas. She participated in campus performances, athletic events, and summer programs for children at nearby Texas Tech University, from which she would later gain a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. That closeness to her alma mater turned into a lifelong affiliation with universities, with an academic career beginning at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Shipley worked at universities in Arizona and Maryland before moving to West Virginia. Shipley is an American Council on Education Fellow with degree in German from Texas Tech and The University of Texas. Her research into the lives of German-Jewish women emigrants, funded by a postdoctoral fellowship at Hebrew Union College, resulted in translations of several previously unpublished diaries from the Holocaust.

Currently, Shipley serves as president of COPLAC, vice chair of the West Virginia University Hospital-East Board of Directors, and on the BB&T Regional Advisory Board.

In accordance with state law, university governing boards must name finalists for president at least 21 days before making an appointment. The Board of Regents will meet again to make the appointment. 

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