UND presidential search forums begin

In August, the UND Presidential Search Committee met for the purpose of considering a preliminary draft of a profile for the presidential position. The draft profile is available at the presidential aearch information web site at http://www.und.edu/presidentialsearch/. A final draft of the profile will be submitted to the State Board of Higher Education for approval.

Prior to finalizing the draft, the committee is making every effort to receive input from key constituencies affected by the search, i.e. faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community who care about the University and are committed to its success. Numerous sessions have been scheduled over a two-week period, Sept. 4-14, for each member of the campus community; the complete forum schedule is posted on the Presidential Search Information web site and also is below. The forums are intended to give every individual an opportunity to provide the committee with information and opinions about the critical questions at the heart of the Profile:

(1) What are the attractions of UND that would appeal to a highly-qualified individual?
(2) What will be the major opportunities and challenges the next president will face? and
(3) What characteristics and competencies should the next president possess?

The list of forums below is by date, time, location and constituency group. Please pass this information along to any interested individuals or groups:

* Noon-1 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, students

* 6:30-7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo, N.D., 701-282-2700, general public

THURSDAY, 9/6/07
* 7:15-8:15 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, staff
* Noon-1 p.m., Bremer Bank Training Room, second level, Bremer Bank, 3100 South Columbia Rd, alumni
* 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, students

FRIDAY, 9/7/07
* 9-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, faculty

MONDAY, 9/10/07
* Noon-1 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, staff
* 4-5 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, faculty

* Noon-1 p.m., Holiday Inn, Mediterranean Room, 2200 Burdick Expressway East, Minot, N.D., 701-852-2504, general public

WEDNESDAY, 9/12/07
* 7:30-9 a.m., Chamber of Commerce, Chamber – business and education
* 10-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, students
* Noon-1 p.m., Alerus Center, 1200 42nd St. S., (701)792-1200, community
* 1:30-2:30 p.m., American Indian Center, large Meeting Room A, 315 Princeton St., 777-4291, American Indian population

* 3:30–4:30 p.m., Doublewood Inn, 1400 East Interchange, Bismarck, N.D., (701)258-7000, general public

Taking into account the input the committee receives in the open forum sessions, the search committee will meet Monday, Sept. 17, to approve a profile to submit to the State Board of Higher Education for consideration at the Board’s meeting Sept. 20. When the Board has approved the profile, the formal acceptance of nominations and applications will begin.

The committee will then proceed to a meeting Oct. 23 to screen applications and identify a pool of 15-20 people for reference checking. With reference checks conducted between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4, the committee will meet Nov. 5 to narrow the candidate pool to 10-12 people for screening interviews, which will be held at a Minneapolis airport hotel on the Tuesday and Wednesday following Thanksgiving.

The screening interviews at the end of November are designed to identify six to eight candidates to invite for campus interviews, which will be held in January. Each campus interview will include many opportunities for interaction with the candidate. The committee will publish the interview schedules as soon as they are determined.

The final meeting of the search committee will be held Jan. 28, when we will select no fewer than three final candidates to recommend to the State Board of Higher Education. Soon thereafter, the Board will conduct its own interviews of the finalists and select the next president, who will assume office July 1.

The search committee is committed to an open process that generates a pool of highly qualified candidates. We encourage your attendance at an open forum session so that you can share with us your thoughts about the key sections of the profile draft.

As the search progresses, we will post additional information on the search web site, so that you will have up-to-date information about the process and about your opportunities to stay involved. The more participation there is in the process, the better the prospects for the search, for the campus, and for the person who is ultimately named our next president.

-- Paul LeBel, dean, School of Law, chair, UND Presidential Search Committee.