Presidential Search

The search for the university’s next leader began with President James M. Simmons’ announcement of his pending resignation of the presidency.

In September, Texas State University System Vice Chancellor Perry Moore visited campus to update faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends on the search process and to solicit comments on attributes these constituents sought in the next leader.

Moore announced that the system has engaged R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas to assist in the search process. Funk & Associates ( is the “premier firm dedicated to higher education search consulting.” Moore also presented a time-line for the search that should culminate in the announcement of Lamar’s next president in March 2013.

One of the four finalists selected in the search for Lamar University’s next president withdrew from the process, narrowing the field of candidates to three. The three finalists participated in forums with students, faculty and staff March 7 on the Lamar Campus. Additionally, the public was invited to meet the finalists during an evening reception March 7 in the University Reception Center. 

The Board of Regents of The Texas State University System and Chancellor Brian McCall announced March 11 that Kenneth R. Evans, Ph.D., had been named sole finalist in the presidential search after an exhaustive national search that yielded more than 70 applications and nominations.

President Simmons, the 14th to hold the university’s top post, will remain in his position until the new president takes office.  President Emeritus Simmons will then return to the faculty of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.