FARGO -- The search for a new North Dakota State University president officially started Wednesday, with the committee aiming to select finalists in May.

The presidential search committee adopted a timeline for the search with a tentative July 1 start date for a new president.

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The committee also approved a budget for the search of $175,000, which will come out of NDSU's budget.

The amount includes $70,000 for a search consultant and about $21,000 for the consultant's travel, candidate travel, advertising and background checks.

The committee's expenses are estimated to be nearly $84,000.

That amount includes traveling to a neutral location, likely the Minneapolis airport, to interview semifinalists.

Those interviews are scheduled for the second weekend in April.

The committee's next task is to develop a search profile that includes qualifications for the position. The committee will conduct open forums to seek input.

The position will be advertised starting Feb. 1 and screening of applications will begin March 1.

Search consultant Garry Owens said there will be an emphasis on advertising to a diverse pool of applicants.

In May, the state Board of Higher Education will interview at least three finalists recommended by the committee and select a president.

The search committee is now up to 20 members, plus Chancellor Bill Goetz who is a nonvoting member.

Goetz will recommend officially adding two of those members today when the board meets via conference call. Since the board last met, Goetz decided to add Vance Olson, staff senate president, and Kevin McCaul, dean of science and math, to ensure balanced campus representation.

NDSU faculty sent Goetz a letter asking for three to five more faculty on the committee "to create equity of representation." Currently the committee includes two professors.

President Joseph Chapman announced his resignation in October and his last day was Nov. 30. Interim President Dick Hanson said he has not decided if he will apply.

Amy Dalrymple is a writer for

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