Open Forums on Presidential Search Set

Arkansas Tech University will provide its faculty, staff and students with an opportunity to meet with representatives from Academic Search, Inc., this week regarding the search for the 12th president of the institution.

Academic Search is a consulting firm that has assisted more than 1,000 universities and colleges in searches for presidents and senior administrators.

“Our consultants have vast experience in higher education and consulting with colleges and universities,” wrote Leigh Whiteside of Russellville, chair of the Arkansas Tech advisory committee on presidential search and member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, in a memorandum to Tech faculty, staff and students. “I think you will enjoy talking with them.”

Academic Search will be represented at the forums by Dr. Jessica Kozloff, president and senior consultant, and Jacqueline E. Woods, senior consultant.

The following dates and times have been set aside for members of the campus community to meet with Kozloff and Woods:

Thursday, Dec. 12, Ozark Campus Student Services and Conference Center
4-4:45 p.m. — Open Forum

Friday, Dec. 13, Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300
9:45-10:30 a.m. — Faculty Open Forum
10:45-11:30 a.m. — Administrators and Staff Open Forum
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Faculty, Students and Staff Open Forum

Arkansas Tech is seeking an individual to succeed Dr. Robert C. Brown as president. Brown announced on Aug. 23, 2013, that the 2013-14 academic year would be his last as active president of the university. The 12th president of Arkansas Tech is scheduled to take office on or around July 1, 2014.

“The role of our consultants is not to select our next president,” wrote Whiteside in the memo to faculty, staff and students. “Rather, they will help ensure that the search and selection process is managed effectively and that we achieve our goal of securing the best possible leader to continue the momentum established by President Brown.

“Jessica and Jacqueline are eager to have your insights into the academic condition and future needs of Arkansas Tech, and to learn your views of the kind of leadership we should be seeking,” continued Whiteside. “Your comments and those of other constituents will be summarized in a report to the search committee. Views expressed in the report will not be attributed to any individual, so I hope you will be candid. This information will help our consultants as they recruit candidates, particularly candidates that match the leadership qualities sought by the campus community.”

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