Search committee releases presidential profile

by Cheryl Roland
| WMU News

Western Michigan University Gathering Tree sculpture.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Presidential Search Advisory Committee has completed a critical document for use in its work to find the ninth president of WMU.

Working with feedback from 17 campus community forums, the committee has developed a Presidential Profile that describes the campus' goal of finding "a courageous, visionary and resourceful academic leader who will enable us to leverage our strengths, advance our stature, and help us shape an enduring identity."

The committee's profile outlines the opportunities and challenges the University's next president will encounter as well as the personal and professional qualities the campus wants that person to possess.

The search committee has published the profile on its website and forwarded the document to its search consultants, Parker Executive Search of Atlanta. The firm will begin sharing the profile with the higher education community immediately and use it to recruit a pool of candidates.

The document includes a description of the University and community as well a list of 10 critical duties and responsibilities and 16 important characteristics and qualifications the successful candidate should possess.

In a Dec. 13 report to the WMU Board of Trustees, Committee Chair and Trustee William Johnston lauded the committee, which he noted is the largest and most diverse group ever put in place to serve the campus community by identifying a new president.  Members of the committee, he said, used the community forums to gather "front-end" input. Committee members and consultants were listening carefully to the feedback from those attending.

"We wanted to make sure the document we prepared reflected the input for the community forums," Johnston said.

The committee expects to begin reviewing individual candidate profiles by the first week of January, Johnston said, and to begin the interview round by late February or early March. A timeline shared by the committee earlier this fall identified the end of the academic year as the goal for identifying a candidate to recommend to the Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate will replace Dr. John M. Dunn who has announced last summer that he will retire June 30, 2017.

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