UI chancellor panel anel looking to faculty, staff for candidates

UI chancellor panel anel looking to faculty, staff for candidates

URBANA – A search committee for a permanent University of Illinois chancellor is looking to UI faculty and staff for potential candidates.
A mass e-mail sent earlier this month to faculty, academic professionals and civil service staff asked for recommendations for the position.
"Given the quality of the faculty we have, these people would know leaders in higher education within the academy and outside," said James Anderson, chairman of the chancellor search committee and head of the Department of Educational Policy Studies. "They've come from other places, and they've worked with provosts and chancellors in other places. It's a good source to get nominations of some of the best leaders in the country."
The search for a permanent chancellor for the Urbana campus will pick up steam now that the UI has chosen a new president.
"Up until now, we couldn't go forward because we needed to get a president-elect," Anderson said. "Although we started under President Stukel, we will complete the process under the new president. We knew that going in. At some point, we needed to get the guidance and input of the next president."
Interim Chancellor Richard Herman said he is a candidate for the position.
Although the selection of potential candidates had to wait until a new president was named, the 15-member search committee has been making preparations since summer. The committee includes three students, nine professors, the University Librarian, one administrator and one staff member.
Anderson said the committee has met about a dozen times to develop a list of selection criteria and write the position announcement. It is also completing a needs statement for the campus, which will be forwarded to the president and the board of trustees.
"The board of trustees traditionally asks for a needs statement. They are asking the committee to think about where the campus is headed and what are going to be its challenges and needs in the immediate and long-term future," he said. "That helps us think about the kind of person we need to be chancellor to lead us into the future."
The position description said the person for the job will be a distinguished scholar with significant administrative experience and demonstrated leadership ability. That includes "a strong commitment to the academic values appropriate to the university's three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service and to diversity; the ability to articulate these values ... and the qualities needed to develop a shared vision, lead the campus ... and advance the university."
"We're a land grant university, a public university, a large, complex university. We have certain missions and goals," Anderson said. "We need to think about who is the best match, given the complexity of the university as well as its mission."
The UI has advertised the position in several publications : The Chronicle of Higher Education, Black Issues in Higher Education, The News-Gazette, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, The State Journal-Register, Hispanic Outlook and Inside Illinois.
The search committee is also working with a consultant, R. William Funk of Korn/Ferry International Education Practice, to identify candidates. Anderson said Funk and his firm have worked with the UI before and know the university well.
Finally, Anderson said UI alumni working in higher education will also be a source of information on leaders who might be considered for the job.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. Anderson said the committee expects to narrow down the list of nominations during the spring semester.
"There has been such a change in leadership in the university, with a new president, an interim chancellor, and an acting provost, there is some urgency on our part to achieve stability as quickly as we can," Anderson said.

You can reach Jodi Heckel at (217) 351-5216 or via e-mail at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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