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conducting in 2011 two national presidential searches for separate campuses in their
seven campus district.
Presidential Searches in the Age of Technology
Jenifer Jacobson pointed out in 2001 another trend that has added accessibility
to presidential searches is that schools are going online with their presidential searches.
Some schools, mainly large universities, have created websites to both instruct potential
candidates on the qualifications and requirements for the position but also advise
potential candidates about how to apply for the position. The ultimate aim of these
websites is to inform more easily interested parties how searches are progressing. This
feature may especially appeal to public institutions striving to provide proof of
transparency in their executive selection processes. At least one institution has even
created a website to solicit input from the public that is interactive even to the point of
soliciting nominations for the position. This type of action moves the selection process
beyond transparency into public participation in the actual selection process.
Jacobson wrote about presidential searches again in 2002 and addressed faculty
members on search committees. While the importance of faculty participation in the
process may be seen as a given by some, Jacobson reported that many trustees may
see faculty members as part of one of many special interest groups that need to be
guarded against during the selection process. Jacobson quoted officers of the
American Association of University Professors as saying that faculty participation in
presidential searches have often become as tokens on committees, at best. Faculty on
the other hand, argue that there is none better than those among their rank to know
what is needed in an executive leader for their particular institutions of higher education.
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