Will UNC’s president search be open or closed?

The Greeley Tribune: The University of Northern Colorado’s presidential search committee will receive its first personnel files on candidates to succeed university President Kay Norton on Feb. 2, and will decide five days later whether to interview any of them, said Alberto Pimentel, a managing partner at the search firm tasked with finding UNC’s next leader.

Pimentel updated the search committee — comprised of UNC’s trustees and representatives from students, faculty and classified staff — on his firm’s progress in a special meeting Friday morning following a regular meeting of the university’s board of trustees.

Pimentel said his firm has called more than 900 people since its search process began in December. The firm has focused thus far on sitting presidents and provosts at smaller universities, because for those people taking UNC’s job would be a step in institutional size or position. Sitting deans at large research universities are in the mix, too, because some of them deal with departmental budgets and staffs as big as UNC itself, Pimentel said.

The other major focus of discussion in the search committee meeting was the committee’s choice of conducting an open or closed search, a decision it will have to make in early February when it starts seriously looking at candidates. An open search would entail bringing the top three or four candidates to campus to meet students, staff and faculty. In a closed search, the board would choose from among the top candidates without publicly revealing who they are. Pimentel said a hybrid of the two approaches also would be a possibility.

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