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Kansas Wesleyan Announces Thompson as President

January 27, 2013     

Salina, Kan. – Kansas Wesleyan is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Matthew R. Thompson as the 19th president of the University.

Dr. Thompson comes to Kansas Wesleyan from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida where he has served most recently as the Vice President for Advancement and previously as the Vice President and Dean of Student Development. He also served as the Special Assistant to the President/Director of Special Projects at MercerUniversity in Macon, Georgia.

“We wanted to do a thorough search to find the person best suited to lead Kansas Wesleyan forward,” said Randy St. Clair, search committee chairman. “The search has been a careful process and we are very pleased to have found that person.”

Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from MercerUniversity. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens. He brings a wide range of experience including advancement, student life, academic curricula development, and alumni and community relations.

"Dr. Thompson will bring vision, excitement and energy to our campus,” said James Nelson, Kansas Wesleyan Board of Trustees Chairman. “His leadership abilities and experience will be great assets to KWU."

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Thompson. 

“His background will advance the University in many ways,” said Nelson. “He comes equipped with the tools to make things happen in a positive and professional way, while honoring our mission, vision, and Methodist affiliation.”

Kansas Wesleyan University is a liberal arts, faith-based institution located in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, the University maintains a relationship with the UnitedMethodistChurch. Kansas Wesleyan offers twenty-five undergraduate programs and one graduate program, the Masters of Business Administration. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

It is anticipated that Dr. Thompson will commence his duties at Kansas Wesleyan on April 15. He will be joined by his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter.

December 2012

Dear KWU Community:

To view the Presidential Prospectus, please click this link:  KWU Prospectus.pdf

As you know,  a search for Kansas Wesleyan's next President is underway, led by a committee comprised of Board members and representatives from the student body, the faculty and the administration.  We are working with AGB Search, a professional search firm that specializes in higher education placements.

One of our first tasks was to gather information about KWU so that a prospectus could be prepared and made available to all those interested in our presidency.  (See link above)  Two days of meetings were conducted with campus leaders, faculty, students and employees, as well as various constituency groups - alumni, community leaders and members of the Board of Trustees - to gather information for the preparation of this important document.  
AGB Search activated a confidential site for those interested in our position in August.  Response was very good and the Committee's next task was to review credentials and we have now  identified eight "semi-finalists".   We are excited about the search and what it means to the future of our wonderful University.  Thank you for your support and positive encouragement.

Randy St. Clair, '66
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

For more information about this search, or for questions, please contact Randy St. Clair, Search Committee Chairman, or Jan Shirk, Assistant to the President.