Formerly a president at two
public and private higher education institutions, Jan D. Greenwood has conducted more than
150 searches for executives in education, health care and other fields.
|July 6, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The University of
Kentucky presidential search committee
announced today the selection of A.T. Kearney Executive Search of Alexandria, Va., to
assist in identifying, securing and advertising for candidates to assume the helm of UK in
July 2001, after the retirement of President Charles T. Wethington Jr.
Heading the A.T. Kearney team is Jan D. Greenwood, vice president
for education practice for A.T. Kearney Executive Search.
Formerly a president at two public and private higher education institutions,
Greenwood has conducted more than 150 searches for executives in education, health care
and other fields.
Following Greenwoods recommendation, the committee
voted to advertise the UK presidency in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other
media that target university administrators and faculty.
The committee set a suggested target date of Aug. 31 for receiving letters of
interest and resumes.
Greenwood noted that among the primary skills to be sought
in a university president are leadership, a proven track record, management and resource
development. JoEtta Wickliffe, chair of the
search committee, emphasized that a final list of desired attributes for candidates will
be prepared in September when the committee completes a series of town forums currently
being held across Kentucky. Those forums are
designed to obtain citizen input on the desirable qualities of UKs next president.
Greenwood said UK should attract many strong candidates for
the presidency, noting the governor and state legislature have enacted a series of
incentives to encourage UK to achieve top 20 status among public universities.
The committee also heard from 18 students who are assisting
with UKs summer advising conferences for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The students urged the committee to select a
president who will work to increase student retention, be accessible and active in student
events, have clear-cut goals, demonstrate strong morals and values and encourage