The presidential search
committee will screen candidates and give the trustees a list of finalists.
20, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) A
12-member presidential search committee formed in April continues its nationwide search
for a successor to University of Kentucky President Charles T. Wethington Jr., who retires
July 1, 2001, after three decades of service.
search committee, appointed by UK Board of Trustees chairman Billy Joe Miles, is made up
of five trustees, three faculty members, a graduate student, an undergraduate student, one
staff representative and one alumnus.
committee will screen candidates and give the universitys trustees a list of
finalists. The group has chosen a leading
professional search firm, Chicago-based A.T. Kearney Executive Search, to assist in
looking for a new president.
in 1946, A.T. Kearney has more than 100 years of combined team experience in placing
university deans, presidents, chancellors and other institutional governance across North
America, for private and public institutions including the universities of Georgia,
Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia, and Louisiana
State University and Vanderbilt University, among others.
Jan D. Greenwood, Ph.D., a nine-year veteran of higher education placements and vice
president of education practice at A.T. Kearney, is coordinating the search effort with
the UK committee. She has conducted searches
for major research universities, and was a vice president and professor at a research
university and administrator and faculty member at two additional research universities.
Greenwood said she believes there is an extraordinary opportunity waiting at UK for the
next president. The commitment
from the state you have here makes this a tremendous opportunity for someone to come in
and make substantial strides, she said.
key component to the presidential search is identifying desirable candidate
characteristics. The UK Senates Futures
Committee, a group of faculty members, staff and students, submitted a report last March
listing leadership attributes of UKs next president.
According to the report, the new president should be a strong academic with
teaching, research and high-level administration experience. This person also should be a visionary leader who
inspires, energizes and mobilizes diverse groups.
The search committee continues to seek input from Kentuckians at town meetings across
the state. Meetings currently are scheduled
Aug. 7 at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville; Aug. 10 at Paducah Community
College in Paducah; Aug. 21 at the Greater Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Building;
Aug. 28 at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell; and Aug. 30 at Norsworthy Auditorium in
The public also can offer comments and obtain current information about the
presidential search committee at its Web site at www.uky.edu/PresidentialSearch/.
Feedback forms for comments and suggestions can be found at the site.
the help of the forums, the Web site and the professional search firm, the tentative
schedule for the search process shows a list of applicants for review as early as
September. The committee hopes to begin
interviewing semi-finalists in November and December and select finalists in January. This schedule calls for the full Board of Trustees
to name the eleventh UK president early next year.