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Title w estern oregon university presidential search

Title Western Oregon UniversityPresidential Search

Oregon University System

Chancellor’s Office

Roy Koch

Presidential Search Liaison

September 19, 2014

Presidential search process
Presidential search process

  • Outcome: Select the next president of WOU who will take office on (or about) July 1, 2015

  • Approach: A transparent process that engages the WOU community in all phases of the search including:

    • The development of the position description,

    • The identification and nomination of candidates,

    • The evaluation of candidates through representation on the search committee,

    • Participation in the on-campus interview of finalists – providing feedback to the search committee

Authorities and responsibilities
Authorities and responsibilities

  • State Board of Higher Education

    • Sole responsibility to select and appoint the President

    • Charges Chancellor to conduct the search and bring forward finalists to the Board

    • Selects from among the finalists

  • Chancellor

    • Appoints the search committee (in consultation with Board and campus leadership) and selects search

    • Appoints coordinator for the search from chancellor’s office and on the campus

    • Interviews finalists and brings finalist forward to the Board with recommendation (ranked list)

Authorities and responsibilities1
Authorities and responsibilities

  • Search committee

    • Assist the Chancellor by identifying, recruiting and evaluating possible candidates

    • Select finalists to participate in a public interview process

    • Compile and synthesize input from the interviews

    • Chaired by a member of the Board of Higher Education

  • Search Firm

    • Assists in creating the position description and placing announcements

    • Assists in recruiting candidates

    • Manages the applications and assists in the evaluation of candidates

    • Assists in checking references

Search committee
Search Committee

  • Represent leadership from constituent groups

  • General composition

    • Board Member – Chair (Jim Francesconi)

    • President from an OUS or partner institution

    • 4 faculty

    • 2 administrators (one academic, one administrative)

    • 1 unclassified staff member

    • 1 classified staff member

    • 1 student

    • 1 alumni

    • 4-6 community members (external to WOU)

Special considerations
Special considerations

  • Transitional nature from OSBHE to WOU Board

    • Representation of WOU board on the search committee

    • Engaging the new Board in all aspects of the process

    • Successful conclusion – OSBHE, WOU board and WOU campus are in agreement on the final selection

  • Confidentiality

    • Search committee will not reveal the names of any applicants until the announcement of the finalists

    • Only the committee chair and Chancellor see the result of references – summary is shared with search committee

Campus conversations
Campus conversations

  • Identify the “challenges and opportunities” that exist and the characteristics the campus and community want in a new president

  • Conversations with various leadership groups (administration, faculty, board) as well as open forum

  • Typical questions:

    • What is special and/or unique about WOU?

    • What are the top few agenda items for your next president?

    • What are the qualities, experiences and credentials that are essential for the next WOU president to be successful in addressing these issues?

Thanks you
Thanks you

OUS search coordinator:

Roy Koch

OUS Presidential Search Liaison


Campus search coordinator:

Judy Vanderburg