Regents Advisory Committee begins application review
YPSILANTI -The Regents Advisory Committee (RAC), the university-wide group charged with screening and recommending a pool of candidates for the presidency of Eastern Michigan University to the Board of Regents, has begun the process of reviewing applications.
"This is an exciting but challenging time," said Dennis Beagen, RAC chair. "Fortunately, based on the work we did in the listening sessions, we feel well prepared to begin evaluating applications."
The RAC began its work by conducting and actively inviting people to public listening sessions, which comprised 50 different forums at which more than 1,250 people participated. "Through these sessions we were able to learn a great deal about what people saw as the University's strengths and needs," Beagen said.
Information from the listening sessions was presented to the Regents, who in turn developed a list of considerations against which candidates were to be reviewed, Beagen said. These considerations were clustered into six broad categories including: academic leadership, management, strategic planning and implementation, human relations, community relations and resource development.
In transmitting the considerations, the Board asked the RAC to consider each of the attributes "as you assess the applicants and work diligently to select a pool of candidates, any of who could be the right leader for EMU given the institution's needs at this time."
Beagen said that Board also instructed the RAC to consider a diverse pool of candidates and to take the time necessary to complete their important work. "We understand that everyone wants to have a new president on board by fall, but the Board has been very clear that a quality search is more important than a fast one. We have also been assured that no candidates will be considered unless they are reviewed by the RAC," Beagen said.
As announced at the beginning of the search, the review of applications will not be public. "Each of the members of the RAC has pledged to maintain the confidentiality of candidates both during and after the search," Beagen said.
"Although I can't discuss specifics, I can say that there is significant interest in the position of President of EMU. We have a large pool of highly qualified applicants representing a broad spectrum of experiences. About one-third are sitting or former University presidents, one-third are provosts or academic leaders and one-third represent a range of various professions," Beagen said.
The RAC will continue to review applications until such time that they have identified a pool of candidates to recommend to the Board of Regents. "We've been most appreciative of the support we've received from the Regents, especially Jan Brandon and Steve Gordon," Beagen said. Brandon and Gordon served as Presidential Search Coordinators and worked with the RAC through the listening session stage of the process. They will not be involved in reviewing applications, Beagen noted.
"The Board has empowered the committee to review applications and conduct initial interviews without their direct involvement. Once the RAC is satisfied that we have a pool of applicants ready for the Board, the process will then be led by the Regents to its completion," he said.
For information regarding the search see: www.emich.edu/presidentialsearch.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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