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Forum with presidential search committee

10/10/2005

A public forum is set 7-9 p.m. Monday, October 17, in 1 Upham Hall for members of the community to give comments to representatives of a Miami University presidential search committee and a search firm regarding the presidential search.

Fred G. Wall, Miami board of trustees chair, announced the appointment of the presidential search committee to assist in the search for a successor to James C. Garland, 20th president of Miami University. The committee is charged with submitting a slate of candidates to the board of trustees for its consideration.

At its September 16 meeting the board adopted a resolution outlining the composition of the committee. The resolution stipulates that the board chair appoints three trustees (one of which is the chair of the search committee), one administrative staff member, and one alumni representative. Three faculty members elected by Faculty Assembly and one undergraduate student elected by Associated Student Government complete the nine-person committee. According to board regulations, the chair of the board is an ex officio member of all board committees.

Members of the presidential search committee include trustees Laurel Dawson (chair of the committee), David Herche, and Lolita McDavid. Faculty representatives are James Brock, Bill R Moeckel Professor of Economics; Karen Schilling, professor and chair of psychology; and John Skillings, vice provost. The undergraduate student is Jennifer North, a junior political science major. The administrative staff representative is Richard Nault, vice president for student affairs, and the alumni representative is Roger Howe, a former trustee and board chair. The executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller of Boston, Mass., has been retained to assist with the search process.

Mr. Wall commented, “I am pleased with those who have accepted the challenge to participate in the search for a new president. This is one of the most important decisions a university can make, and the board appreciates the willingness of the committee members to serve Miami.”

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