Fort Hays State University will start the spring semester still searching for a chief academic officer.

An offer was made to one of the three finalists for the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs, but the offer was turned down, Kurt Beyers, assistant director of University Relations and Marketing, told The Hays Daily News on Wednesday.

He did not say which candidate it was or why the offer was turned down.

FHSU President Tisa Mason had said in her fall convocation in August she hoped to have the job filled by the start of the spring semester.

A new search committee has been formed, and it is hoped to have a new provost in place by July 1, Beyers said.

The three finalists made campus visits in September during the search process. They included Jeff Briggs, who has served as FHSU’s interim provost since the June 30 resignation of Graham Glynn.

The other two candidates were C. David Moon, professor of political science and special assistant to the provost at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Neal Schnoor, senior advisor to the chancellor for executive affairs at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Briggs will continue to serve as interim provost, Beyers said.