Presidential search committee members announced, search for presidential candidates to begin soon – The Daily Barometer
Members of the Oregon State University Presidential Search Committee have been appointed and the search for candidates will begin in December with an opportunity for community members to meet with the finalist candidates.
The search committee, which was announced in an email sent to students on November 18, will help the OSU board of directors select the next university president.
Appointed by Rani Borkar, Chairman of the OSU Board of Directors, the committee is made up of administrators, faculty, students, administrators, staff, alumni, and higher education representatives. and the community at large.
“The search committee, with the support of an executive search firm, will seek comments from the public and the academic community on presidential qualifications and appointments. Later in the process, open community forums with the finalists will be organized. These listening sessions and public forums will be announced as they are scheduled, ”the email said.
The email says that a selection committee separate from the presidential recruiting firm has been formed to recommend an executive recruiting firm to help the board recruit and assess presidential candidates. The committee unanimously recommended the use of the firm Isaacson, Miller, in mid-November and Borkar approved this recommendation.
Vice president of academic relations and marketing Steve Clark said research firms such as Isaacson and Miller have national experience in helping universities like OSU promote executive openings.
“They are a trusted source of relationships between sitting presidents and provosts, deans whom they know are accomplished, and they are often in touch with these people to share the news that the State of Oregon, in this case, look for a president, ”says Clark.
The last two searches took place in 2003, when former President Ed Ray was selected and remained in office until June 2020, and then in 2019, when former President F. King Alexander was selected to start in July 2020. Alexander resigned in March this year.
“The search process for our next president is similar with respect to the search process that took place in 2003, and similar in some ways to the search process that took place with Alexander,” said Clark. “The difference is that in 2019 … there was no opportunity for members of the wider Oregon State community to meet with these finalist candidates.”
Clark said OSU has an open forum for community members to meet with the presidential nominees finalists in 2003, and that there will be another opportunity for this again in the upcoming research process.
According to Clark, community members will have the opportunity, as they did in 2019, to share with the research committee, board and research firm the qualities that the next OSU president should have to serve the mission of teaching, research and awareness. and engagement.
“It happened in 2019; this will happen again, where community members can advise the board of trustees and the research committee on the university’s priorities and priority qualities for the most qualified candidates to be filled, ”said Clark.
Scott Vignos, a member of the Presidential Research Committee, will serve in his capacity as Acting Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer as well as Research Advocate for the Committee.
“In my role as a research advocate, I am responsible for ensuring that we use best practices, minimizing bias in the research process, and ensuring that we conduct research with equity in mind.” , said Vignos. “I think another really exciting aspect of this role is that all of the members of the research committee are already really committed to ensuring that we live up to the values of the university regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. ”
Vignos said this research process will be different from previous ones.
“We’re going to involve the OSU community when we have the opportunity to invite finalists to campus, so we’re doing open research,” Vignos said. “
Another aspect of the presidential research process that Vignos says will be a little different is the degree of communication between the board and the OSU community.
“One thing that really impressed me was how carefully the board listened after last summer as we reflected on how we can conduct research that truly reflects our community and reflects the diversity of our employees, students and stakeholders. and our partners, ”said Vignos.
The email said staff would begin working with the search committee and Isaacson, Miller “to further refine the presidential search process and timeline, which will be a topic of discussion at a virtual board meeting of administration on Friday, December 10 “.
“I would definitely encourage students and all members of the OSU community to stay informed,” Vignos said. “At the start of the search, when we are only looking for candidates, that will be when the search committee will do its job. But when we bring finalists to campus, I would really, really encourage everyone to get involved in this process, so learn as much as possible about the nominees, come and attend public events… I think the committee of research understands very well the level of engagement desired by the community.
Clark encouraged students to read college emails, use social media, and consume other media like The daily barometer for more updates on the presidential research process. Community members can stay up to date on Presidential Research with OSU Presidential Research Site.
“We hope that students bring their thoughts, priorities, and preferences during the research process, which, again, will begin in December and run through spring,” said Clark.
Members of the Presidential Research Committee include:
- Julia Manning, Board Member, Committee Chair
- Patty Bedient, Board Member
- Julia Brim-Edwards, Member of the Board of Directors
- Maria Chávez-Haroldson, member of the board of directors
- Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center; professor at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
- Marissa Cuno, accountant at the Health Sciences Business Center, classified personnel representative
- Taha Elwefati, social science student; President of the Student Associates of the Cascades Campus
- Lauren Gwin, associate professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Associate Director of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems at OSU; Community Food Systems Specialist for OSU Extension
- Kim Kirkland, Executive Director of the Equal Opportunities and Access Office
- Kate MacTavish, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the College of Public Health and Humanities
- Erika McCalpine, President-elect of the Faculty Senate; OSU-Cascades Executive Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives; Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laboratory; trainer, business administration
- Maija Pham, student in physical radiation protection
- Alan Sams, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences; director of the Oregon Agricultural Experimental Station
- Michael Schill, President of the University of Oregon
- Eric Schoenstein, Chairman of the Board of the Oregon State University Foundation
- Scott Vignos, Acting Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
- Virginia Weis, Distinguished Professor at the University of Integrative Biology
- Member of the community at large, to be announced