Sources at the University of Missouri indicate the new University President will be Gary Forsee, the former head of Sprint-Nextel. The Board of Curators is meeting tomorrow morning in Columbia. An announcement has been scheduled for early tomorrow afternoon. A spokesman for the university would only confirm that there would be a news conference after the meeting tomorrow. He would not confirm that the curators had chosen Forsee as the next president.
A highly placed source has told the Missourinet that Forsee has been chosen. Forsee abruptly left Spring-Nextel in October. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla. Forsee headed Sprint-Nextel for four years and oversaw Sprint’s buyout of Nextel in 2005. But the stock price dropped by more than one-fourth after the buyout as the new company dealt with several problems and saw its subscriber base decline.
Forsee will succeed Elson Floyd, who left last spring to become president of Washington State University in Pullman.