Four national executive search firms – whose base fees range from $90,000 up to $145,000 – are vying for the contract to lead the effort to identify Florida State University’s next president.

Each firm has an extensive record in higher education presidential searches and has previously worked on various Florida State University searches. The four firms were selected out of 10 submitting applications.

Representatives of the firms made their pitches Tuesday to FSU’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The panel members will submit their ranking by Friday to Kyle Clark, vice president for finance and administration at FSU.

A special meeting of the committee will be called for Monday or Tuesday with the goal of presenting the top choice to FSU’s Board of Trustees during their Nov. 20 meeting in Tallahassee.