SC State University Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee met today

Monday, January 14, 2008

The SC State University Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting today. The members of the committee that were in attendance were: Maurice G. Washington, presidential search committee chairman, Lumus Byrd, presidential search committee vice-chairman, and Reggie Gallant, member of the SC State University Board of Trustees.

Also in attendance were: Faculty Representative, Dr. Evelyn Fields, president of the SC State Faculty Senate; Staff Representative, The Honorable Lonnie Hosey, director of the Adult and Continuing Education Program at SC State; Student Representative, Jeremy Rogers, president of the Student Government Association; Alumni Representatives, Col. (RET) Ned Felder, parliamentarian of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association and Harry Hoskins, president of the Washington, DC chapter of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association; Board of Visitors/Corporate Representative, James C. Hampton, senior field systems operator, Lockheed Martin; Corporate/Community Representative, Randy Snell, director of human resource management, Zeus Industries; Community Representative, Carole Cato; Political Representatives, The Honorable Andre Bauer, S.C. lieutenant governor, The Honorable Leon Howard, chairman of the S.C. legislative black caucus, and Inez Tenenbaum, former S.C. superintendent of education.

Academic Search, Inc. is the search firm engaged to assist the SC State University Board of Trustees in identifying and appointing the next SC State University president; and Frank Pouge, senior consultant with Academic Search, Inc. will work directly with SC State during the presidential search process.

Pogue joined Academic Search Inc., after serving as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for 11 years. Pouge’s career in higher education spans 45 years, and presently his professional involvements include being a member of the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament, Conflict Resolution and Peace, a CAPE Executive Board Member, a member of ACE’s Commission Women in Higher Education, and at AASCU he serves as: Chair of the Millennium Leadership Initiative, Committee on Professional Development, a Millennium Leadership Initiative Mentor, and a member of the Christa McAuliffe Selection Committee.

During the inaugural meeting, the committee was introduced to the presidential search committee process, and given their charge by the SC State University Board of Trustees.

They also discussed several criteria that they expect from the next president, some of those include: commitment for excellence; a champion of change; fearless, unafraid to take risks; commitment to students and their well-being; able to identify, recruit, retain, and employ highly qualified professional administrators; able to raise funds, and grow the University’s endowment; and able to have a sense of humor.

The committee also discussed their timeline and scheduling of search committee meetings. The draft search timeline is as follows:

January 2008
1. Committee organizational meeting
2. Advertising initiated
3. Active recruitment begins
4. Screening procedures adopted

February/March 2008
1. Applications received and screened
2. Pool narrowed
3. Committee selects candidates for further screening
4. Due diligence/reference checking completed

March/April 2008
1. Candidates selected for preliminary interviews
2. Preliminary interviews scheduled and hosted
3. Committee selects final candidates
4. Due diligence completed

April/May 2008
1. Final interviews conducted
2. Committee reviews feedback and prepares recommendation
3. Committee prepares recommendation to Board
4. Board extends offer to candidate
5. Negotiations with candidate initiated/completed
6. Formal announcement made to communities

“Although the schedule is very aggressive, it is a timeline that we can meet,” said Maurice G. Washington, chairman of the SC State University presidential search committee.

With the assistance of the presidential search committee, the SC State University Board of Trustees plans to appoint the next leader of SC State no later than June 2008.

Also, during the meeting, all committee members signed a code of ethics document, to ensure that as a committee member, they are fully committed to, and understand the significant responsibility that they have, and that they are able to attract and retain the most competitive candidates, as well as safeguard the good name of SC State University.

“We had an excellent first meeting,” said Maurice G. Washington, chairman of the SC State University presidential search committee. “It is the goal of the committee to be as transparent as possible during this very serious process, and it is my intent to communicate with all stakeholders periodically so that they are well informed, and are well engaged in the process of naming the 10th president of SC State University,” he said.