While UNC-Chapel Hill hunts for a chancellor at a time of uncertainty for the administration, the UNC System is conducting a similar search for a new president.
The UNC System Presidential Search Committee met at 9 a.m. on Thursday in the Center for School Leadership Development near the Friday Center.
The UNC Board of Governors announced the search for a new president in June, after former UNC-System President Margaret Spellings stepped down from her post during the last school year. At its latest meeting, the search committee laid out a plan for hiring a new president.
Students will be an important part of that process, Kim Strach, director of the Presidential Search Committee, said.
“Students are one of the greatest parts of the UNC System, and so it’s critical to have their input,” Strach said. “The perspective of students might not be the perspective of other stakeholders—and what we’re doing is for students, so they’re going to be a critical part of this process.”
The Committee will be distributing informational flyers, providing informational meetings and creating a website for information on the UNC-System president and their responsibilities to help educate stakeholders. Members of the public will be able to suggest candidates online once the website has been launched.
Along with educating the public and stakeholders, the committee has made it a priority to gather public input throughout the process. This will come in the form of town hall-style meetings or more informal gatherings where various stakeholders including faculty, business leaders, elected officials and members of the public will be able to offer their thoughts on choosing a new System president.
The next step will be accepting and reviewing applications, followed by a vote by the search committee and a final deciding vote by the Board of Governors. All potential candidates will remain confidential until the next president is selected.
“We’re adhering to the process to make sure we have all the information that we need, and to make sure we select the best candidates,” Randy Ramsey, committee co-chairperson, said.