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Presidents/Chancellors in the News

According to reports, Iowa State President Leath is on the "short list" of candidates in Auburn's presidential search. Auburn's Board of Trustees is expected to decide on a finalist today and, according to a former trustee, is looking for a candidate with experience leading a land-grant university. Leath, attending ISU's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games over the weekend, declined to comment on the reports. (link)

In the Spring Break edition of the "Campus Connection" podcast, Oklahoma State President Hargis previews the NCAA Tournament action for the Cowboys and Cowgirls and promotes the partnership between OSU's hotel and restaurant administration program and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. Hargis: "The Oklahoma Restaurant Association has been a tremendous supporter of OSU's efforts through facilities, scholarships, mentoring, interning, and hiring our graduates. The restaurant industry is vital to Oklahoma's economy, it's the number one private employer in our state. Restaurants are really the bedrock of the economies of the communities all across our state." (link)

The KU Endowment is footing most of the bill for the University of Kansas chancellor search process, paying up to $183,500 to executive search firm R. William Funk and Associates to assist the committee in recruiting candidates and providing a portion of the new chancellor's annual salary. Current Chancellor Gray-Little receives $220K of her $510,041 salary from the KU Endowment. The Endowment also provides funding to cover business expenses, such as travel, for the chancellor. KU Endowment President Seuferling: “Certainly for a position as important as the chief executive officer and leader of the university, we feel it’s important that the Board of Regents have the resources available to compete nationally in conducting a quality search. Then, on an ongoing basis, making available an appropriate level of private funds to support the retention of the person in that position is important.” (link)
Institutional Leadership

University of Texas System Chancellor McRaven appointed Diagnostic Imaging Division Head Hicks as the interim president of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, effective March 21. The system plans to launch a national search for a permanent president in the coming weeks. McRaven: “Dr. Hicks is a widely respected leader within the MD Anderson family, with nearly 20 years of service on the faculty. When we discussed potential candidates for the interim presidency, Dr. Hicks’ name came up time and time again. His colleagues throughout the institution have great trust and confidence in him.” (link)

Kansas State will host two on-campus open forums with candidates interviewing for the Human Capital Services vice president position on March 28 and April 4. (link)

Staying in Manhattan, the K-State Alumni Association's Multicultural Leadership Awards was renamed the Robinson Family Multicultural Leadership Awards to honor the Robinson family's endowment of the program. The annual awards recognize four graduating students who are leaving a legacy of multicultural engagement. The 2017 awards will be presented April 19. (link)
Facilities & Construction

Student housing management company Campus Advantage has been selected to manage Skyloft, a 22-story student housing complex near the University of Texas. Skyloft is expected to house 677 students and includes amenities such as a rooftop pool and fitness center. Campus Advantage will partner with creative marketing agency Catalyst to develop branding for the property. (link)
Local/State Government

West Virginia Governor Justice has proposed reinstating $4.6M in the FY2018 budget for the Educational Broadcasting Authority after initially cutting the funds in his original budget proposal. Justice and WVU President Gee are working to integrate Public Broadcasting into the university's programs. Justice: “Public Broadcasting is important to our state and our people, and I don’t want to see it disappear. We are working with President Gordon Gee to transition West Virginia’s Public Broadcasting into the WVU family. The programs on Public Broadcasting help promote our state to the world and educate our people.” (link)
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Student Leadership

Baylor's Student Senate passed a bill to create more awareness around changes the university has made to its Title IX office in the wake of the school's sexual assault scandal last summer. Proponents of the bill want to ensure students are up-to-date and aware of the institutional changes and resources available to sexual assault victims. (link)
Enrollment/Admissions/Retention

Phi Theta Kappa named Iowa State, K-State, Texas Tech, and KU to its 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, an honor recognizing universities that dynamically support community college transfer through institutional partnerships and pre- and post-transfer support. (link)
What's Going on Around Campus?

CBS journalist Schieffer will serve as the keynote speaker for KU School of Journalism's William Allen White Day celebration on April 20 in place of William Allen White Foundation National Citation winner Rose, who is unable to attend for health reasons. PBS Newshour anchor Woodruff will also attend the event to pay tribute to former citation winner Ifill, who died last fall. (link)

The Texas Tech Gay-Straight Alliance, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association will host the university's eighth annual Drag Show on Wednesday to benefit the Lola Marie Drew Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Lubbock-area gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or ally high school or college student. (link)
Athletics

CBSSports.com's Dodd writes on the brand position of Baylor MBB as the Bears enter today's second round match-up with USC amid continued tension in Waco. Senior stand-out Wainwright notes how his team hears comments everywhere they go about the sexual assault issues centered around FB that are still top fold news. HC Drew says he's gotten less than five questions from parents of prospective student-athletes on the situations, plus, "I want my kids to go to Baylor one day. The goal [is] to be the safest campus in the country. That’s an admirable goal." (link)

The police affidavit in the Kansas MBB student-athlete Jackson vs. Jayhawks WBB student-athlete Calvert situation reveals that the only individual with Jackson at the time of his police interview was HC Self. The coach-player duo was in a study room at 5:46 AM when the police arrived for the "non-custodial interview."(link); If you're interested, here is the full affidavit. (link)

More than 50 athletes including Sue Bird, Martina Navratilova, Breanna Stewart and Greg Louganis have signed an open letter to Texas lawmakers voicing opposition to SB6, the senate bill which restricts bathroom access according to birth certificate gender and overrides any local ordinances which ignore the restriction. Former Connecticut WBB student-athlete and current Seattle Storm player Stewart: "I'm fortunate to play in a league that's affirming and progressive on so many issues. I believe in fighting for a world that's inclusive and respectful of players, coaches and fans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity." Athlete Ally Exec Director Taylor: "Today, the athletic community made it clear that SB6 is counter to the values of sport, and that all Texans -- regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity -- deserve equal respect and protection on the playing field, in the locker room, and under the law." (link)
Legal

Travis County District Attorney Moore will not offer a plea deal to 18-year-old Meechaiel Criner, the teen accused in Texas student Weiser's death last year. Criner will not face the death penalty if convicted, as he was 17 at the time of Weiser's death, but could receive life in prison. The trial is set to begin in August. Moore: “We want a trial, and we aren’t going to plea bargain it. I think Haruka Weiser’s killer deserves punishment to the fullest extent of the law.” (link)
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