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Archive for Saturday, September 17, 1994

CHANCELLOR DUTIES DEFINED

September 17, 1994

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The KU chancellor search committee agrees on a job description and reviews applicants.

The Kansas University chancellor search committee's tinkering Friday resulted in adoption of a document outlining duties, qualifications and personal characteristics of the next chief executive.

"The only thing missing in the requirements is a good understanding of baseball," joked T.P. Srinivasan, committee member and head of KU's Faculty Senate.

Former Chancellor Gene Budig resigned in July to become president of baseball's American League.

During the meeting at Adams Alumni Center, the 17-member committee began analyzing 50 applicants who believe they're the kind of higher education superman KU needs to live up to all 30 elements in the job description.

Sharon Bass, KU associate professor of journalism, convinced the committee to amend a draft of the job description by adding a line about the importance of a chancellor providing oversight of intercollegiate athletics.

"I feel that's a big job," she said.

Dr. Ann Allegre, clinical associate professor of internal medicine at KU Medical Center, said operating the KU hospital in Kansas City, Kan., was as important as athletics.

In response, the committee expanded a prescribed duty to say the chancellor would oversee education, research and other operations of "all the university's campuses," instead of just overseeing "the university."

Wint Winter Sr., president of Peoples National Bank and Trust in Ottawa, questioned whether the list of personal characteristics should indicate the chancellor would be accessible to all faculty, students and staff.

"Is that possible?" he said.

Richard Mann, KU's director of administration, said it was important for KU's image to stipulate the chancellor would be open, visible and accessible to people working and studying on campus.

Meanwhile, search committee member Bill Hougland said he was worried the regents' decision to disclose the committee's five finalists would adversely affect the exploration for a new chancellor.

"That might limit the people we have apply for the job," said Hougland, a Lawrence resident and retired president of Koch Oil. "It may eliminate qualified people."

Regents Chairman Frank Sabatini said he also was concerned about losing good candidates, but thought an effort should be made to balance the public's right to know with the desire not to make the names public.

However, he said the Board of Regents was prepared to reconsider its promise to reveal the finalists if the committee struggles to attract enough solid candidates.

Sabatini urged the committee not to get mired in side issues that detract from the goal of selecting five outstanding nominees.

"This is a premier job and we should be able to attract that type of candidate," he said.

He said the next chancellor should be the embodiment of quality, excellence and greatness.

"These are the areas we've got to find in that individual to lead this university into the 21st century," Sabatini said.

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