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50 and 22 members on these committees??
Because you really don’t get good decision making until you have over 70 people trying to make one.
 
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Because you really don’t get good decision making until you have over 70 people trying to make one.
so nobody feels left out. There's likely 3-4 people's opinions that matter.
 

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Here’s your chance…

President

Search #: 496475
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Executive

The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks an experienced leader who has demonstrated bold, strategic leadership for the position of president to lead the state's flagship higher education institution and sole public research university at a time of enormous growth and momentum.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
To full fill the confidence that has been placed in the University by the residents of Connecticut and to enhance the University's role in the economic, social, and cultural well-being of Connecticut's citizens, the 17th President of UConn will address various opportunities.
  • Inspire the University of Connecticut community to achieve the eminence it deserves.
  • Build a sustainable economic model for UConn.
  • Support and advance strategies for UConn Health to explore public-private partnerships to strengthen the clinical enterprise.
  • Enhance the scholarly and research capacities of the University.
  • Enhanced excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Cultivate donor relationships while enhancing a culture of philanthropy across the University.
  • Represent the University with external audiences.
  • Provide strategic leadership to all campuses of the University and leverage strengths of the regional campuses.
  • Further strengthen sustainable initiatives and build upon existing emphasis around climate, energy and buildings, environmental justice, and grounds, open space, and conservation areas.
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The University of Connecticut seeks in its new president an experienced leader with bold vision, extraordinary energy, and the personal and diplomatic skills necessary to guide UConn to new levels of excellence. Candidates should have a history of organizational leadership, a demonstrated ability to build and cultivate financial support for the University and its programs, and accomplishment in creating and supporting a climate of community, diversity, understanding, integrity, and mutual respect. Further desired qualifications include:
  • An earned doctorate, appropriate terminal degree, or demonstrated record of successful executive leadership with experience sufficient to warrant the respect of the academic community;
  • A powerful affinity for and commitment to the mission and values of a public university; enthusiasm for UConn and the various communities in which the University has a presence; an ability to bring campus constituencies to actionable consensus;
  • A clear vision of the challenges and opportunities facing public higher education, and how they have an impact on a competitive research university;
  • Demonstrated aptitude for financial strategy and decision-making in a complex environment; significant experience in building a culture of entrepreneurship and managing allocations and incentives in a complex budget;
  • Successful experience as a strategic leader; an understanding of the full range of strategic issues in complex organizations and the ability to execute large and ambitious plans;
  • An appreciation for the importance and challenge of maintaining a healthy, productive balance between research and high-quality teaching; understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the concerns and interests of faculty;
  • An appreciation for the mission of an academic medical center, the business operations of academic medical centers and other major healthcare providers, and the challenges and opportunities providers are faced with in the current marketplace;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to engage in informative and productive dialogue across diverse audiences; the ability to effectively and successfully communicate with elected officials and the news media, and a recognition of the important role both play in the life of the University as a public institution;
  • A track record of working with community leaders, local businesses, and local and state government, including experience with elected officials and state legislature;
  • A proven, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty governance and an openness to collaborative relationships with campus unions;
  • A commitment to diversity, including individual action and institutional leadership to advance diversity;
  • A commitment to environmental and social sustainability;
  • Proven success in fundraising; the capacity to represent UConn compellingly to donors and to lead a substantial ongoing development campaign;
  • An understanding of and commitment to sustaining a strong athletic program that will confer the goodwill of the state in the University and will deliver a message of the role athletic programs play in developing ethics and integrity;
  • A demonstrated ability to understand, lead, and inspire multiple geographically dispersed campuses; and
  • Experience working with boards and assisting them in utilizing their full potential to advance institutional goals.
The complete President Position Profile can be found at: President, University of Connecticut | Parker Executive Search.

TO APPLY

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the Board. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to August 1, 2022:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
lwilder@parkersearch.com
pwilliams@parkersearch.com
Phone: 770-804-1996 x 109

Advertised: Jun 17 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 01 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
 

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Does this mean there is a candidate in place (similar to filling coaching vacancies)?
 
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New school year already in process. No news? Even rumors?
BoT backing into hiring the latest interim seat holder???
 

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New school year already in process. No news? Even rumors?
BoT backing into hiring the latest interim seat holder???
I am willing to step in and take command in an Al Hagian way, if needed.
 

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New school year already in process. No news? Even rumors?
BoT backing into hiring the latest interim seat holder???
If there is one thing that we've clearly demonstrated we are incapable of doing it is hiring a quality president. We are approaching two full decades of short term leadership at the school's most important position.
 
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If there is one thing that we've clearly demonstrated we are incapable of doing it is hiring a quality president. We are approaching two full decades of short term leadership at the school's most important position.
Interesting overall read: A fundamental change in hiring college presidents is unfolding

-> We found that the 84 presidents hired in 1975 served from one to 39 years, with an average of 9.1 years; the 138 presidents hired in 2005 served from one to 23 years, with an average of 7.7 years. According to the American Council on Education, presidential tenure was 8.5 years in 2006 and 6.5 years in 2017. While our numbers differ somewhat, the trends are the same. <-
 
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Who do people think should be considered for the UConn president's position. I think one candidate should be John Elliott, dean of UConn business school.
 

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Who do people think should be considered for the UConn president's position. I think one candidate should be John Elliott, dean of UConn business school.
Not a bad choice, imo. I feel as if the board of trustees under emphasizes business acumen as an attribute for university president. I also think they under emphasize personal and business connections both to donors and to other academic institutions. Sometimes, being able to get the right people to take your call is a critical qualification.
 
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Looks like UConn is not moving ahead in US News and World Report rankings. We need a new president soon.
 

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