Central Washington University Board of Trustees October 30, 2020
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Presidential Search Update Background - On May 15, 2020, the Central Washington University Board of Trustees established the Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC) to inform the search for President Gaudino’s successor. The committee was comprised of people in leadership across the institution, including representatives of alumni and the CWU Foundation, the Faculty Senate, exempt and classified employees, student government, charge to the committee was to reach out to university stakeholders to learn what they perceive to be the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the university, and to discuss what qualities are desired in presidential candidates. Board Chair Ron Erickson appointed Trustee Erin Black to chair the committee, which she led with the support of trustees Robert Nellams and Jeff Hensler. At the Board’s special meeting on June 29, 2020, the Board expanded the responsibilities of the Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC) to include working directly with the search consultant, R. William Funk & Associates, to recommend semi-finalists after a preliminary screening of the candidates. The board met in special session on September 16 to review the progress of the search. The discussion, led by trustees Black, Nellams, and Hensler included a recommendation that the search advisory committee interview semi-finalists on behalf of the board, and recommend finalists to the board at the trustees’ regular public meeting on October 29 and 30, 2020. The board affirmed that recommendation. The candidate pool was comprised of 80 applicants from all over the world with a broad variety of leadership experience. The TSAC reviewed these applications and on October 12, distilled the pool to 10 candidates. The pool was comprised of four women and five people of color. All candidates had deep experience in baccalaureate education. Currently, two are serving as chancellors, five are provosts, one is a president, one is an executive vice president / chief operating officer, and one a chief executive officer. All have earned tenure in an academic discipline. The TSAC interviewed semi-finalists on October 19 and 20 and have recommended finalists to the full board; trustees will interview finalists in November.
Approved for submittal to the Board:
Linda Schactler, Secretary to the Board
Trustee Erin Black, Trustee Search Advisory Committee, chair
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