Presidential Search Update from Search Chair Hoot Gibson
I would like to thank all of you once more who participated in the presearch study that our consultant Julie Tea of AGB Search led on the Baldwin City campus in early spring. Your thoughtful comments provided the basis for the creation of the search prospectus, a valuable tool that will be used to solicit nominations and recruit candidates nationally.
The search committee members recently reviewed the search prospectus draft, and our edits were incorporated by our search consultant and the team in the University’s Marketing and Communications office. We invite you to review the finalized copy.
As you review the search prospectus, please pay particular attention to the attributes most highly desired in Baker’s next president. We urge you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively in this critically important position, or those you think might know of potential candidates. Please forward their names to me or Julie Tea (firstname.lastname@example.org), as well as advice you have on the best way to approach the individuals. Our committee is well aware that the success of our search depends on the involvement of all members of the Baker community. Please rest assured that names and information will be treated with full confidentiality.
Over the next several weeks, we will generate a national candidate pool through nominations received from you and others, inquiries at other colleges and universities similar to Baker in scope and mission, advertising in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed and on a number of other relevant websites, and the work of our search firm. In August the search committee will begin to narrow the candidate pool, moving toward November when final interviews involving the entire University community will be held.
The search is off to a good start. I will update you again as we enter subsequent stages of the process. Please feel free to contact me via presidentsearch@bakerU.edu or our search consultant at email@example.com with questions.
Thank you for your support.
Hoot Gibson, ’73
Search Committee Chair
and Immediate Past Board of Trustees Chair