I.G.1. Consultation Procedures for the Election of a President
Article 3.2.b. of the Statutes of the University states: “When it becomes necessary to elect a new President, the Chair of the Board of Trustees shall convene a Consultative Committee, composed of trustees, deans, faculty, staff, and students, to advise in the selection process by identifying priorities, issues, challenges, candidate qualifications, and other factors important to the constituencies represented by the members of the Consultative Committee. The Chair shall also convene a Search Committee, whose members shall be selected primarily from among those of the Consultative Committee, to be responsible for the identification, recruitment and selection of candidates for recommendation to the Executive Committee. The composition of and procedures governing the Consultative Committee and the Search Committee shall be specified in a Standing Resolution of the Trustees.
The Executive Committee shall, at a closed meeting, review the report of the Search Committee and shall present a final nomination of one candidate to be voted upon by the Trustees.
At least ten days prior to the stated or special meeting of the Trustees at which the election of the President is proposed, the Secretary shall give to each trustee notice stating that the election of the President shall be held at such a meeting and giving the names of the person who has been nominated by members of the Executive Committee. No such election shall be valid unless a nominee shall receive the affirmative votes of at least two thirds of the number of trustees then in office.”
A Consultative Committee to advise the Executive Committee shall be formed, chaired by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, or his or her designee, and comprised of trustees, deans, faculty, staff, graduate/professional students and undergraduate students. The size and exact composition of the Consultative Committee shall be determined by the Executive Committee, provided, however, that the Consultative Committee shall include in addition to the chair at least four current trustees, four faculty members, one dean, one member of the university staff, one graduate/professional student, and one undergraduate student. The faculty members shall be selected by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in consultation with the Consultative Committee Chair. All other members of the committee shall be selected by the Chair.
The Chair shall charge the Consultative Committee members with the responsibility for seeking the advice of their respective constituencies on issues relevant to the search process, such as challenges a new president might face, strategic priorities, and recommended strengths and experience for the new President. The Consultative Committee shall meet to discuss and review the recommendations and shall provide a summary of its findings to the Chair.
A Search Committee, whose chairman and members shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees primarily from among the members of the Consultative Committee, shall be convened to initiate the search process and review the Consultative Committee’s guidance. The size of the Search Committee shall be determined by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, but shall include at least two trustees and two faculty members, and shall not exceed a total of eight members, in addition to the Committee Chairman. The Search Committee shall be responsible for the identification, recruitment and selection of candidates to be interviewed, shall conduct the interviews of the candidates, and shall endeavor to recommend at least three candidates in rank order to the Executive Committee. The Search Committee shall keep the Consultative Committee apprised of its progress during the interview process, without disclosing any personal information about particular candidates.
Based on the recommendation of candidates by the Search Committee, the Executive Committee shall then present a final nomination of one candidate to the Board of Trustees for approval.
All proceedings of the Consultative Committee, the Search Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees shall be confidential and no member of any body shall disclose the deliberations to any other person, except as expressly authorized by the Chair in the course of the selection process.