Oct. 28, 2021–The search for the next director of athletics at Missouri Western State University has been paused and will reopen early next year.

“After careful review and consideration of our three finalists who visited campus earlier this month, and after consultation with many people on campus and in the community, we are pausing the search and will reopen the position in January, after the holidays,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western’s president. “While all three candidates are highly qualified and capable people, none stood out as the right fit for Missouri Western at this time, and that needs to be our standard in all hiring decisions.”

Theresa Grosbach, who has served as interim director of athletics since September, will remain in that role.

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