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Week of 4 February 2005· Vol. VIII, No. 18

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University has launched presidential search Web site

The presidential search committee launched a Web site on January 31 that gives members of the University community and the public the opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about the search. The site, which was announced in an e-mail to all BU faculty, staff, students, and alumni, also provides information about the 14-member search committee, how the search process works, and the committee’s progress.

The Web site is “the latest step we have taken to make sure that the search process is inclusive and that the search committee is communicating to the many people, on and off campus, who have an interest in the search,” says David F. D’Alessandro, a vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and the chairman of the search committee. “Thus far we have constituted a search committee that is representative of the campus, including faculty, students, deans, and trustees. We extended an open invitation to meet with anyone from the BU community about the search, and hundreds of people took us up on that offer and lent their advice.”

Members of the search committee thus far have attended meetings with dozens of student leaders, as well as the Faculty Council and the Faculty Assembly, D’Alessandro says, and they intend to meet with those faculty groups again and participate in a student forum this semester. In December, the committee retained the executive search firm Spencer Stuart to help identify candidates for the University’s top job.

“The Web site opens up one more line of communication to anyone who is interested in the search and wants a quick, easy, and ongoing way to share their views and suggestions with the search committee,” D’Alessandro says. “We believe that type of access and inclusion is important to this process, and we look forward to hearing from people.”

The Web site includes background information about each search committee member and a section that answers common questions about the search. The site also will have a news section, although D’Alessandro notes that not all of the search committee’s activities can be reported immediately.

“The best possible candidates will not participate in the search unless it is conducted confidentially and with the utmost discretion,” he says. “The search committee is going to respect that, and as a result, there will be periods of time when there is not a great deal of news to report. I can only say that during these periods, the search committee will consider everyone’s comments and suggestions and make sure that the candidates are evaluated with everyone’s needs and interests in mind.”

The Web site address is www.bu.edu/presidentsearch.


4 February 2005
Boston University
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