by Grand Forks Herald
September 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm in Grand Forks Herald
The first order of business should be reforming search committees. Continue Reading
Tags: Editorials, Higher Education, higher education reform, Opinion, search committees, updates 3 Comments »
Makes sense. That is why it will never work.
I would suggest a standing committee: the board of trustees.
They represent all of the constituents and have responsibility for the organization. They are used to making decisions and they are well practiced in getting outside expertise.
Searching for the right candidate is a staff function. Selecting the candidate is the Board’s job. Make them do it
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This should really be a two-part op/ed, the second dealing with where the candidates come from. Most schools now hire a consulting company for a five-figure fee to “aid” in the recruitment process. Problem is, these same companies are also head hunters who go out collecting clients to apply for such jobs. When the consultant appears, he already has a portfolio of cvs. His job, as he sees it, is not to get the best applicant, but to get the best applicant among his clients. “Free-lancers,” those applying independently, often don’t stand a chance.
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If a University can’t find a qualified President from it’s alumnus base it can’t be much of a University.
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