The search for the next president of Mayville State University officially begins Monday with a campus meeting open to the public.

Current MSU President Gary Hagen has served in the position for more than a decade-part of more than 40 years total at the university-and will be retiring as of July 2018. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education gave MSU clearance in September to begin the search at an estimated cost of about $100,000 funded by the university. A North Dakota University System release stated MSU will be using the services of AGB Search, a firm tasked with filling high-level leadership positions.

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The search effort launches with a 6:30-7:30 p.m. listening meeting Monday in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. According to the NDUS release, members of the public are "welcome to attend and provide feedback regarding the university's strengths and challenges, as well as the kind of leadership that is a best fit" for the school.