Gil will stay on as dean until January, which will give a search committee time to consider a wide range of candidates, said Ron Strauss, the chairman of the committee.
“It’s been a process of being open to input and not trying to be in any haste,” Strauss said.
Gil was not available for comment on the search.
Strauss said the committee broke up over the summer and will meet Thursday to finalize a short list of candidates who will visit the campus in September.
According to the Wainstein report on academic improprieties at the University, Gil, who has served as dean since 2009, wasn’t aware of the fraudulent paper classes within the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies before a meeting with former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro and Jonathan Hartlyn, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs, in 2011.
Upon learning of the irregularities, Gil conducted a review of the department and called for Nyang’oro’s resignation, the report said.
Strauss said candidates are aware of the academic-athletic scandal, but it hasn’t been a main issue of the search.
“Though they are aware of the challenges we’ve faced, they seem to be drawn to our strengths and to creating a situation in which they can position us for the future, and that’s of course what we want,” he said.