Finalists in presidential search to be brought to campus

November 27 2007

Finalists in the search for a new president of Indiana State University will be publicly identified and brought to campus to meet the university community, Michael Alley, president of the university’s Board of Trustees said Tuesday (Nov. 27).

Alley made the announcement during a meeting of the university’s Presidential Search Committee in which committee members reviewed public comments made during two recent town hall meetings. During each of those meetings, conducted Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, several members of the university community spoke in favor of maintaining the tradition of on-campus interviews for finalists.

Trustees had initially considered keeping the names of finalists confidential out of concern that publicly identifying candidates might cause sitting university presidents and other well-qualified candidates to withdraw from consideration.

“While it may be the right decision to maintain confidentiality to ensure that we get the greatest candidates, it is not the appropriate decision in light of the culture and environment we have at Indiana State University,” Alley said. “We need to modify that element of our search. Let’s focus on creating an environment where our 11th president will be welcome and be successful.”

Alley emphasized that the final decision on selecting Indiana State’s 11th president is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.

“The process is working well and we are attracting a number of excellent candidates,” search consultant Bill Funk of R. William Funk and Associates, told the committee.

Following the placement of ads in national higher education publications, nominations from university stakeholders and active recruiting by the search firm, more than 100 candidates for the position have been identified. While not all of those candidates are active, “the number of active candidates is growing every day,” Funk said.

He noted there is still plenty of time for prospective candidates to apply or be nominated.

The search committee scheduled its next meeting for 1 p.m. on January 22 to prepare a “short list” of 10 to 15 candidates. That short list will later be pared to six to 10 semi-finalists for off-campus interviews. Two or three finalists will then be identified for campus visits and interviews with the Board of Trustees.

The goal is to select the university’s next president by the end of March to take office July 1, 2008. Lloyd W. Benjamin III, who has served as ISU president since 2000, announced earlier this year that he would be stepping aside from the position at the end of his current contract on June 30, 2008.

Anyone interested in nominating an individual for consideration may do so by contacting R. William Funk and Associates at krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com.

Writer and media contact: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Finalists in the search for a new president at Indiana State University will be publicly identified and brought to campus to meet the university community. That decision was announced during a meeting of the Presidential Search Committee, which met to review input from two recent town hall meetings in which several members of the university community spoke in favor of maintaining the tradition of on-campus interviews for finalists.

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