The university's Board of Governors scratched the surface of that question Saturday morning.
The board met at the Billingsley Student Center to draft guidelines for the Presidential Search Committee to follow.
They decided the committee will conduct a formal search to find the right person for the job.
The group- made up of university and community members- will decide whether a headhunter will be hired and if the search should be regional, statewide, or nationwide.
Board members also agreed to review each applicant the committee takes into consideration.
The board will require the committee to rank the top three or four candidates and provide reasons for that ranking before interviews take place.
Right now, the goal is to name a president by the 2014 fall semester or by January of 2015.
"We want to listen to people and we want to bring in someone that is going to fall in love with this community and this university too, them and their family," says MSSU Board Of Governors Member Richard Walter.
The next step is for board members to draft a formal job description and a salary and benefits package before the committee starts the process.
The draft will be presented at the next board meeting on January 17th.