Much Of UK Presidential Search Likely To Be Secret

by Rick Howlett on November 15, 2010

By Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has had its first meeting with the consulting firm that will assist in the search for Lee Todd’s replacement. Jan Greenwood of presidential search firm Greenwood/Asher told trustees Sunday that confidentiality is extremely important in finding a new leader for UK, and may ultimately affect which potential hires continue with the process.

“When President Todd was selected, we were at the front end nationally of seeing candidates begin to become very unwilling to be part of a public process at the end. Presidents had lost their jobs for looking at other university opportunities. They had also lost donor money, and they also had lost state legislative funding,” she said.

Greenwood says it will be up to the board to decide which interview process is used, but says one option would be to privately meet with three-to-five finalists and then announce the preferred candidate to the rest of campus. The board also spent Sunday’s meeting deciding which qualities they feel are important for the next UK president to have.

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