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President George Cooper's contract extended by two years

Interim President George Cooper’s contract has been extended to 2016. The Board of Governors presented the offer to Cooper following a recommendation from the Presidential Search Committee at the June 20 BOG meeting. Cooper has accepted.

Interim President George Cooper’s contract has been extended to 2016.
The Board of Governors (BOG) presented the offer to Cooper following a recommendation from the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) at the June 20 BOG meeting. Cooper has accepted.
“I invite your continued support for the positive direction the President and the Board is setting for our great university,” wrote board chair John Hamm to the King’s community in a June 21 email.
Cooper’s contract as interim president was originally set to expire this time next year, but the positive feedback to his policies, such as the school’s new strategic plan, persuaded the committee to consider extending Cooper’s term. They canvassed students for their opinions on extending Cooper’s term earlier this month.
PSC staff representative Cheryl Bell says students’ response was “leaning toward the positive.”
In the email, Hamm also revealed two other recommendations the PSC made during the meeting, which were forwarded to Governance Committee for consideration–a supporting body to discuss and improve the current presidential search process, while defining the expected qualities of future King’s presidents, and a new search beginning no later than January 2015, “to allow sufficient time for a full and efficient process.”
Cooper originally signed on last June, replacing Anne Leavitt, who resigned only a year into her term.

By David J. Shuman

David is a second-year journalism student at King's, is engagement/news editor of The Watch, and a copy editor of The Pigeon. He writes on student politics, campus happenings, and school news. 

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