KU faculty say they are pleased academic qualifications have been included in a draft job description for the chancellor.
A faculty member on the chancellor search committee said Tuesday that he was pleased a job description of the position included academic qualifications.
"With the concern of the faculty being expressed ... they took that into account and made sure those concerns would be addressed," said T.P. Srinivasan, presiding officer of University Council and member of the search committee for Kansas University's new chancellor.
At a meeting Tuesday of the Faculty Executive Council, Srinivasan said "a strong faculty voice" resulted in inclusion of academic qualifications. The position description did not previously address academic commitments, faculty said.
A draft of the job description, circulated at Tuesday's meeting, included "commitment to academic excellence" and "eligibility for and willingness to accept, a concurrent faculty appointment."
The 17-member search committee will consider approval of the chancellor's job description at its next meeting, at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16, in the Adams Alumni Center.
Meanwhile, a FacEx member expressed concern about the search committee's intention to make public a list of five finalists for the chancellor's position once those selections have been made.
"There are some very bad things in making the finalists public," said Jack Davidson, professor of physics and astronomy. "If you pick one, then there's a cloud hanging over the other four.
"I don't know about all the legal ramifications but ... if it restricts in any way the quantity, or especially the quality of individuals, then this is a dreadful mistake."
Srinivasan said the search committee was concerned about possible legal action if the finalist names weren't made public. Recent court decisions in other states have said the names of all public university president or chancellor candidates must be made public, he said.
"The board (of regents) is deeply concerned about their being taken to court" if the names are not made public, Srinivasan said. "The trend is moving toward making all the candidates public. This is sort of a compromise."