The Kansas City Star is reporting that Terry Sutter, former CEO of Covalence Specialty Materials, may be named president of the four-campus University of Missouri. This is the top job at the university: According to the report, "the president is the chief executive and academic officer of the system. All faculty and other university employees, including chancellors over each campus, report to the president." Sutter left Covalence, formerly Tyco's plastics division, last year.
Two sources with close ties to university officials said they had been told that curators were leaning toward Sutter because of his business background. Curators have said from the beginning that their search for a president would include people from the business world.Sutter's resume also includes stints at Cytec Industries Inc., Honeywell Inc. and AlliedSignal. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MU, according to the report. Sutter spoke at our Plastics News Executive Forum back in 2004, and he impressed me as a bright guy who had a good grasp on a wide variety of issues.