Missouri Western’s Board of Governors announced their interim president following that announcement that Dr. Matthew Wilson will leave the university for Temple University Japan.
Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy has been selected to serve as the interim president for the university beginning in August while a nationwide search is conducted. She is currently Missouri Western’s vice provost and has been involved in several elements of Missouri Western’s strategic plan.
She came to Missouri Western after spending over 20 years at the University of Akron as the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and the interim dean of the College of Health Professions.
Dr. Kennedy grew up in Kansas City, graduated from Ruskin High School and has family in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Applied Cognitive Aging, all from the University of Akron.
Missouri Western also announced Dr. Josh Looney, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, will take on an expanded leadership role with Missouri Western’s external relations and advancement efforts during the interim period.
The Board of Governors will announce details on the search for a permanent president at a later date.
President Matt Wilson announced July 8 that he is stepping down to become the next dean of Temple University’s 3,000-student campus in Japan. President Wilson will assist with efforts to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and start of the fall semester.