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Week of 14 January 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 15

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Recruitment firm Spencer Stuart hired to help identify presidential candidates

The BU presidential search committee last month announced that it has selected the executive search firm Spencer Stuart to help identify candidates for the University’s top job.

The firm, which employs nearly 300 consultants at 50 offices in 25 countries, has a large nonprofit and education search practice. In 2003, it had 125 senior-level assignments in those sectors. Its work at BU began last month.

Spencer Stuart “distinguished itself by demonstrating a breadth of resources, an extensive academic network, and an abundance of analytical skills that will be invaluable as we examine the many outstanding options we will have,” says David F. D’Alessandro, the chairman and CEO of John Hancock Financial Services, who leads the BU search committee and serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“We have said from the start that this search process is going to be inclusive and broad-based,” he says. “Up to now, that has meant our reaching out to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents and soliciting their views about what qualities our next president ought to embody. Now, as we move the search into its next phase, we will use Spencer Stuart to assemble an applicant pool that is also broad-based and reflective of the specific talents and skills which the next president must have in order to succeed.”

Spencer Stuart has conducted successful searches for the presidents of several preeminent educational institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emory University, the University of Pennsylvania, Rockefeller University, Howard University, and Swarthmore College, as well as for provosts and deans of schools such as Cornell, Brown, Columbia, Notre Dame, and New York University.

The choice of the firm by the search committee came approximately two weeks after a University dean and representatives from the faculty and student body joined 8 trustees to round out the 15-person committee. In the months leading up to the finalization of the committee’s membership, the trustees had issued an open invitation to meet with anyone in the BU community who wished to share their views or suggestions about the search. As a result, dozens of meetings were held, and more continue to take place.


14 January 2005
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