UI still far from naming chancellor


Jun Suh Park | The Daily Illini

Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson talking about her career on October 7, 2015.

By Samantha Jones Toal

The search firm, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, is based in Florida. The firm is in the 30-day review period for the contract required by the state procurement board, said Tom Hardy, University spokesman.

Antoinette Burton, chair of the search committee, said the firm’s role is to help with the search process by providing logistical support.

“They have contacts in the world of higher education,” she said. “But we the committee, are really the drivers of the search.”

Burton said the committee is responsible for developing the recruitment materials and interacting with the search firm. By the end of the search, the committee will present President Timothy Killeen with a list of qualified applicants from which to choose.

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“The search is progressing, with the committee members meeting regularly to develop a prospectus for the position that will form the basis to a marketing initiative (website, ads, etc.) to help identify candidates,” Hardy said.

While there are currently no official applicants, Burton said the committee is working on a website that will have a nomination portal where people can nominate potential applicants; however, a deadline for nominations has not been set yet.

“The timeline is open at this point, we’re trying to develop the strongest and most diverse pool of candidates as we can, and so, how ever long that takes, that’s what we will be doing,” Burton said.

Burton said she assumes the search firm and the committee will meet up soon to continue working on the process.

“It’ll all be taking off within the next couple of weeks,” she said.

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