In a letter sent to MU College of Education faculty and staff, Dean Daniel Clay said he decided not to fill the position of division executive director at this time, The Columbia Missourian reported Friday morning.
The possible hiring of one of the candidates considered for the position, Larry James, was the subject of protests due to his connection to the abusive interrogations at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons. Matthew Burns, of the University of Minnesota, was the other candidate in consideration.
The search for the position was halted "after receiving the recommendation from the search committee regarding the search for a new division executive director along with input from other stakeholders," Clay said in the letter.
Dr. Mike Pullis will serve as interim director when Dr. John Wedman retires Feb. 28. and will serve in the role until another individual is hired.
Read The Maneater's report for more information on James and the hiring process.