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Archive for Wednesday, August 31, 1994

CALLS SHAPE CANDIDATE POOL

August 31, 1994

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A member of the KU chancellor's search committee on Tuesday outlined a timetable for the selection process.

Members of the chancellor's search committee are calling dozens of people in an effort to form a pool of serious candidates to become the next leader of Kansas University.

T.P. Srinivasan, a member of the search committee and presiding officer of University Council, said Tuesday the committee is "now getting to the second phase of contacting possible nominees."

"They are in the process of encouraging several nominees to become active candidates," he said during a meeting of the Faculty Executive Committee on Tuesday.

Committee members are calling 40 to 50 people and encouraging them to formally throw their hats in the ring for consideration as KU's top administrator.

Most of the potential candidates are high-level administrators -- including chancellors, presidents and vice presidents-- at colleges and universities across the country, Srinivasan said.

The committee will accept serious inquiries and resumes until mid-October, he said.

The 17-member search committee then will review the candidate pool and narrow it to about 10 candidates, who will be interviewed between late October and December.

The list then will be whittled to five finalists.

"To be able to come up with five finalists, the board must come up with a number of (interviewed) candidates at least double that," Srinivasan said.

The Kansas Board of Regents has directed the search committee to make the names of the five finalists public after they are picked by the committee.

Faculty again expressed concern about plans to make the finalists' names public.

Jack Davidson, FacEx member and professor of physics and astronomy, said the search committee should inform potential candidates during the initial stages of the search that the finalists' names will become public.

Davidson and others are concerned that making the names public may compromise quantity or quality of candidates.

He said if a significant number of candidates back out after finding out their names may become public, late in the selection process, "It will not just be a setback for the committee, it would destroy the committee's work."

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