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Search Committee hammers out a job description

October 20, 2009

UNC Pembroke’s Chancellor Search Committee will begin advertising for the position the first week of November with a review of applications to begin December 20.

In a lengthy meeting on October 19, the Search Committee digested information gathered from five public forums and wrote a draft of the job description that will be advertised nationwide.

The committee stopped short of requiring a Ph.D., but will require a “terminal degree,” which may include a law degree, Ed.D. or other appropriate degree.

The ad may read: the qualified candidate may possess a “combination of credentials and work experience,” said Lucy Leske, a consultant with Witt/Kieffer.

The candidate will “exemplify their potential for the position with outstanding professional leadership and/or an extensive record of scholarship and teaching,” she said.

“I do not want to put us in a position where we could not hire an (UNC President) Erskine Bowles,” said Grady Hunt, a committee member.

“We don’t need to close the door on any person,” said Dr. Breeden Blackwell, another committee member.

“In my judgment, if a successful candidate comes from outside the University, it will be someone who knows you,” Leske said.

The committee has until Friday to hammer out the wording for the ad. A larger information document was also presented to the committee and received input.

A final list of publications for advertising was not completely agreed upon, but those under consideration include The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Indian Country Today, and

The committee discussed the balancing act for a candidate who will grow the University and one who will improve retention, a requirement according to UNC President Bowles.

Other issues included a chancellor with a vision for the future and respect for the heritage of the University, and someone who will push for excellence in academic programs and reach out to the surrounding community.

The next meeting, via teleconference, is Monday, October 26.