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SIU Presidential Search
SIU Presidential Search
Timeline

The Board of Trustees envisions a seven to eight-month search, beginning September 2013, with selection of the next President by April 2014. The Board reserves the right to revise this timetable should the necessity arise

DATE OBJECTIVE
September 2013
  • The Board shall establish itself as a “Committee of the Whole” to conduct the search for the next President of Southern Illinois University.
  • The Executive Committee of the Board shall seek authority from the full Board to retain a search consultant.
  • The Chair of the Board shall appoint two Board members to represent the Board and to assist in the search process.
  • The Board will draft a proposed statement of desired leadership qualities.
  • The Board shall establish and staff a search office; approve the charge and composition for the 2014 Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC); and draft essential communications.
  • Letters will be sent to constituency groups asking for nominees for the PSAC.
  • The Board Chair shall appoint the Chair of the PSAC.
October 2013
  • The Board will distribute presidential search survey to employees and students University-wide.
  • The Board Executive Committee will retain a search consultant.
  • The staff will place advertising in appropriate publications* (including the SIU website).
  • The Board Executive Committee shall appoint the members of the PSAC.
November 2013
  • The full Board will conduct a Town Hall meeting at SIUE on November 14.
  • The Chair of the PSAC will convene its first meeting.  At this meeting, the Board Chair will review the Board’s charge to the Committee, the criteria by which candidates will be judged, and the search timetable.  The search consultant will explain his/her role, and preparations will begin for the first screening of candidates.

December 2013

  • The full Board will conduct a Town Hall meeting at SIUC on December 12.
  • The search firm will prepare dossiers for each candidate which will include a letter of application, vitae, and at least five (5) references.
  • A public report on the progress of the search will be made to the Board at its December 12 meeting by a Board member and/or the Chair of the PSAC.  This report will respect the confidentiality of all candidates and the internal discussions of the Board and the PSAC. 
    By December 17, the PSAC and the search consultant will evaluate all candidates using the Board’s criteria, narrowing the list of candidates to the top twelve (12) or so.  The results of this review will be reported to the Board.
  • Reference checks on the top twelve (12) or so candidates will begin immediately, and will be conducted by Board members and by the search consultant.

February/March 2014

  • After reference checks are completed, the Executive Committee and the search consultant will reduce the list of semifinalists.
  • The reduced list of semifinalists will be reported to the Board.
  • A public report will be made to the Board at its meeting on February 13 by a Board member and/or the Chair of the PSAC.  The report will respect the confidentiality of all candidates and of the internal discussions of the Board and the PSAC.
  • The Board will select at least three (3) finalists.
  • The Board will conduct private interviews with the semifinalists at a location where candidates’ confidentiality can be protected.  Members of the Board and the search consultant may attend these interviews.
  • The Board will evaluate the finalists and negotiate with the chosen candidate.

April 2014

  • The new President will be announced in April 2014.