Boston University Presidential Search Committee Taps Spencer Stuart to Support Recruitment

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(Boston) — The head of the Boston University Presidential Search Committee today announced that Spencer Stuart, a respected and worldwide executive search firm, has been selected to help the group identify candidates for the top job at the 165-year-old institution.

David F. D’Alessandro, who both leads the search committee and serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that Spencer Stuart was selected because the firm “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.”

He also noted that Spencer Stuart is a leader in providing such services to education and non-profit clients and has led a number of successful presidential and senior executive searches for pre-eminent universities across the country.

“We have said from the start that this search process is going to be inclusive and broad-based. 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.”

A global search firm, Spencer Stuart employs nearly 300 executive search consultants operating out of 50 offices in 25 countries. The firm has a large and prestigious non-profit and education search practice; in 2003 it conducted 125 senior-level assignments in that sector. Among their accomplishments, the firm’s consultants have conducted successful searches for the presidents of 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 for many other schools such as Cornell, Brown, Columbia, Notre Dame and New York University.

D’Alessandro added that Spencer Stuart is going to commence work immediately.

Spencer Stuart’s appointment comes approximately two weeks after a BU dean and representatives from the school’s faculty and student body joined eight trustees to round out the 15-person search committee. In the months leading up to the committee’s membership being finalized, the trustees 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.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching.