The candidate search committeee's meeting schedule and the minutes from its meetings are public information provided by the University's Board of Trustees.
Minutes for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
III. Communications: Chairman Loadholt called on Secretary Stepp who reviewed the following topics with committee members:
Secretary Stepp asked committee members to submit to him a complete list of their contact information which, he stressed, would remain strictly confidential.
He specifically noted that the meeting minutes will be distributed via e-mail, at least initially, if the committee agreed; the formal record will be preserved according to established guidelines. In addition, he suggested the possibility of these minutes being more modern and succinct than those of the Board of Trustees.
Secretary Stepp discussed the establishment of a website on the University's homepage devoted solely to the search. Possible topics may include the job description of the position; minutes of this committee; proposed meeting times of the committee. He emphasized that particularly in today's marketplace a university's web presence is its major identity.
Of further usefulness is a discreet e-mail address which deals solely with the work of this committee. Access capability will be limited to Secretary Stepp's computer on his desk at the University. He commented that this capability allows individuals to be more fluid and candid with questions and concerns; such an address will be in place in the near future.
Secretary Stepp also advised that during the Executive Session of the December 17, 2007, Board of Trustees meeting, it was suggested that the Board meet with this committee in order to express their opinions about strategic presidential traits, the future direction of the University, challenging issues facing the next president and other relevant topics. Mr. Whittle asked that the candidates be very clear about Board of Trustees' expectations for filling the position.
Mr. Adams explained that he and Secretary Stepp will gather the information about the University's vision as previously articulated by the Board of Trustees and determine whether it should be refined. Mr. Smith suggested that the information be included in the search firm solicitation letter in order to give them a sense of direction about the kind of candidate the University is seeking.
Mr. Lister expressed appreciation for the experience which Secretary Stepp brings to this search; he has been involved in the last two.
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